Jacaranda Books Acquires US Bestselling Writer Bernice McFadden

Jacaranda Books has acquired the latest book from critically acclaimed US author Bernice McFadden in a deal struck with US publisher Akashic Books. The Book of Harlan, will be released in the UK, Africa and Asia by the diversity-led British publishing house later this year.

McFadden is the author of nine novels, including Sugar, The Warmest December and NYT Editor’s Choice Gathering of Waters, which was voted one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2012. The Book of Harlan, a historical novel part inspired by McFadden’s own family history, follows the life of Harlan, a travelling musician from Georgia who is imprisoned in a concentration camp in Paris when the city comes under Nazi occupation.

The novel is written with powerful prose, evocative of time and place, and highlights a poorly documented group of victims of the Nazi regime. McFadden says of the book “I realized that while much had been written about the Jewish victims, the fate of Africans and African Americans at the hands of the Nazis was less well documented. I was fascinated by this discovery and set about writing a story that would illuminate this hidden verity.”

Valerie Brandes, founder and publisher at Jacaranda Books, expressed her pride at acquiring the work of such an ‘influential and accomplished’ author and publishing an important work that brings to light yet another aspect of the Second World War.

The Book of Harlan will be available in the UK in October 2016 and will feature an afterword written by award- winning British historian Stephen Bourne.



Jacaranda Books acquire Radhika Jha’s My Beautiful Shadow

Jacaranda Books acquire Radhika Jha’s My Beautiful Shadow, April 2016


My Beautiful Shadow
Jacaranda Books’ newly appointed editor Laure Deprez has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada & India) for Radhika Jha’s latest novel My Beautiful Shadow from Laura Susjin at The Susjin Agency. The novel was first published by HarperCollins India and translations have sold into multiple territories including Russia, Italy, Spain and France where the book is seeing significant sales.

Deprez said of the acquisition “We are convinced My Beautiful Shadow will captivate the British and Commonwealth audience and stand out in the market, thanks to its poetry, depth and Radhika’s understanding of the condition of the modern women in Japan, a country torn between Western and Eastern culture.”

Radhika joins a list of recent acquisitions for the company including a new sci-fi anthology from acclaimed author Courttia Newland, and a political satire from Nigerian debut novelist and journalist Anietie Isong entitled Radio Sunrise. With regards to the company’s recent acquisitions Jacaranda’s founder and publisher, Valerie Brandes, commented, “I feel that the current crop of new titles reflect the growth in acquisitions for the company and are a solidification of our ethos to publish new voices and diverse stories.”
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