We're thrilled to announce that Allison & Busby has signed Jody Cooksley's The Small Museum as part of a two-book deal. Her debut novel, which won the Caledonia Novel Award 2023, will be published on 23rd May, 2024.
Publishing director Susie Dunlop, who acquired world English-language rights from Charlotte Seymour at Johnson & Alcock, commented: "It must have been fate – I had only just visited the curious Hunterian museum in Holborn, when Charlotte sent me Jody’s immensely accomplished novel. I couldn’t read it quickly enough and absolutely devoured every page. It is a perfect Gothic mystery, appealing equally to my love of Rebecca and Mantel’s The Giant, O’Brien. I am delighted A&B get to present this award-winning story to the world."
Jody commented: "I am indebted to Wendy and the team at the Caledonia Novel Award. It's such an important platform for new writers and without it The Small Museum would never have drawn the attention it has received. Thanks to the Caledonia Novel Award I now have a wonderful agent, a two-book deal and a confidence in my writing that will keep me going through many more stories."
Many congratulations to Jody!