Rizzoli have today won a six way auction in Italy for the rights of the debut novel, THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS by Ruth Hogan, agented by Laura Macdougall at Tibor Jones & Associates. UK rights were won by Federico Andornino at Two Roads (John Murray Press) who enthused how the whole team ‘fell in love’ with the novel. On Wednesday Monika Boese at Ullstein won a five way auction in Germany, which Charlotte Maddox, rights colleague at Tibor Jones, calls ‘the largest ever German offer for a debut novel ever received in the eight year history of Tibor Jones’. Norwegian rights were pre-empted by Cappelen Damm on Thursday. The book was submitted in the US this week with offers expected from Spain, France, Holland and Brazil.
Retired writer Anthony Peardew, is THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS. Forty years ago Anthony lost a precious keepsake his fiancée, Therese, had given him, and in so doing he broke the only promise she had ever asked him to keep. On the very same day, Therese died in an accident. Anthony spends the rest of his life seeking atonement by rescuing the things that other people lose and writing stories about them. Now, in his twilight years, he worries he hasn’t done enough, and he leaves his assistant Laura, to complete the task he set for himself, and which he has hitherto kept secret from her. Anthony also leaves Laura his house, his gardener, and the unhappy spirit of Therese. With the help of Freddy and Sunshine, the strange girl next door, Laura must finish what Anthony started, and find the only person who can reunite him with his lost love.
Ruth Hogan’s journey to publication is as touching as her writing, after suffering a terrible car accident, Hogan faced a life threatening battle with cancer which she survived to enable her to complete this book. Learn more about Ruth Hogan and her ‘lost things’ Instagram project here: https://instagram.com/ruthmariehogan/.
Contact Laura Macdougall (firstname.lastname@example.org) for US rights or Charlotte Maddox (email@example.com) for Translation rights