Prize for Marlon James’ breathtaking A Brief History of
Seven Killings. So planning ahead for the next 30 years, we
made a number of exciting decisions to develop our
publishing programme. First among them was to dramatically
increase the range of translated literature we offer. Some of
the finest fiction opens a window onto another culture, and if
we want our fiction list to showcase the best stories from all
over the world, this wider focus is essential.
This year we have just published in translation the French multi-award-winning Goncourt finalist The Meursault Investigation by
Algerian author Kamel Daoud; and A Perfect Crime by Chinese
author A Yi; and we are about to launch the winner of the
Russian Big Book Award, Eugene Vodolazkin’s ambitious novel
set in medieval Russia, Laurus. In the last six months we have
signed up prize-winning and bestselling novels from China,
Russia, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Mexico,
Israel, Argentina, Italy and Iraq. And we are also actively seeking
fiction from the developing world, particularly Africa and Asia.
The next initiative that is energising the team here is the
June launch of our first children and YA list, Rock the Boat,
under the experienced and deft leadership of Sarah Odedina.
Promising young readers fresh, original and diverse titles by
authors from around the world, in English and in translation,
Juliet Mabey is Publisher at Oneworld.
we aim to really expand their reading choices with drama,
adventure, romance and humour, as well as novels that
explore issues in an accessible and entertaining way.
With only 12 books to focus on each year we are committed
to building a fantastic list. The summer saw our first four books
for YA and middle-grade readers, and our autumn highlight is
the ambitious Illuminae from Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents–
including emails, schematics, military files, medical reports
and interviews–it is already generating huge excitement on
social media platforms and a slew of early reviews
And finally, after considerable consultation and egged on by
a number of agents, we are launching our first genre imprint,
the crime list PointBlank, in February 2016, with the
indefatigable Jenny Parrott at the helm. Publishing 10 novels a
year, the mandate is to be global and eclectic, sometimes
challenging, often groundbreaking in content or style, but
always offering a thumping good read. A highlight of the
spring list is the Chinese novel French Concession by Xiao Bai,
a bold and atmospheric noir set in the underworld of 1930s
Shanghai. Several novels on this list will be in translation, from
all corners of the globe. We are called “Oneworld”, after all. ■
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