The Tyranny of Lost Things by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: Sandstone Press signs debut novel by co-author of The Vagenda
Sandstone Press has acquired Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s debut novel from Diana Beaumont of Marjacq Scripts. The Tyranny of Lost Things is a tale which will resonate with the millennial generation. The publisher holds rights for Great Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth excluding Canada.
Having dropped out of university, Harmony returns to the sit of the urban commune where she lived as a child, now divided into flats. She rents a room in the hope of uncovering the source of her nightmares about a red-headed woman who haunts the house and her obsession with lost objects from her childhood. As the London riots explode in the streets, the past and present converge, blurred by drugs and sex and cheap wine, and Harmony begins to discover what really happened at Longhope twenty years ago. Can she grow up at last, and build her own future?
Diana Beaumont says, ‘Rhiannon and I are delighted that Bob, Moira and all at Sandstone Press are such passionate champions of her debut novel which is written with her customary sharp wit and rich, poetic prose. It will resonate with many of those who feel they have been sold out by previous generations.’
Robert Davidson, Managing Director at Sandstone Press, is equally delighted with the deal: ‘Very much the voice of a disinherited generation, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett reports from the front line of a new conflict. Highly gifted young people feel they have no hope, that they have been sold out by a complaisant, property owning middle class holding onto what it should be passing on. Adding now to her work as a Guardian columnist and founder/contributor to The Vagenda, she brings a new fiction of anger, lyricism, feminism, and compelling narrative drive, but never despair. Rhiannon’s is a voice we must attend to and allow ourselves to be moved by. Sandstone Press is proud to be her publisher in this new phase of her career.'