Debut novel picked up by new UK imprint

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt caught the ear and eye of UK publisher Scott Pack in November 2014, and he rated it #2 in his top ten reads of 2014, calling it:

An incredible debut and a novel so believable that I wish it were true.

In March 2015, Scott launched Aardvark Bureau, a new imprint of UK publisher Gallic Books.

I am curating what can only be described as an eclectic mix of titles. There will be fiction from around the world. There will be debuts. There will be the first UK publication for some authors long overdue an audience here.

Now I’m delighted to announce that Aardvark Bureau has bought World English Language rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand) for The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt from Fremantle Press.

Jane Fraser, CEO of Fremantle Press (who published The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt in 2013), said:

Aardvark Bureau is a new imprint of Gallic Books in London keen to publish quirky, left-of-centre fiction that is commercial but which has a bit of an edge.

Aardvark Bureau will publish innovative writing from around the world, in print and ebook formats, with their first book due for publication in September 2015. Aardvark Bureau will publish The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt in the first half of 2016.


Links, more information

Fremantle Press news: Debut novels picked up by new UK imprint

NZ Book Council’s Booknotes Unbound: Debut NZ novel picked up by new UK imprint

The Bookseller (UK): Scott Pack to launch Gallic Books imprint