Fiona Kennedy, Publisher of Zephyr, the new children’s imprint at Head of Zeus, has acquired world rights to A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, and a second untitled novel, by Yaba Badoe from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander.
A powerful and haunting contemporary debut, A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars moves seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African fairy-tale and folklore.
Yaba Badoe is an award-winning Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker and journalist. She was nominated for the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award in 2014. Yaba’s adult novel, True Murder was published in 2009 by Jonathan Cape. A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is her first book for 12+ readers, and will be published in September 2017.
Fiona Kennedy said ‘Yaba’s writing is truly memorable - rich in the rhythms and colours of Africa and glittering circus days, unflinching in its dark revelations about life. Her voice, imagination and story-telling mark an exceptional debut and sets the bar high for Zephyr. I’m excited to welcome her to the list and to work with her.’
Yaba Badou said 'I'm absolutely thrilled that A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is about to be published by Zephyr. I've lived with the story for many years, but after I met Fiona Kennedy, her enthusiasm and insight helped me transform it to such an extent that its now ready to find an audience.'
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars will be published on 7th September 2017. For more information contact Suzanne Sangster on Suzanne@headofzeus.com
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Price: £10.99 hardback