Commissioning editor, Holly Ainley, is excited to share news of our latest acquisition for The Borough Press list – ENTANGLEMENT by Katy Mahood – which we’ll publish in March 2018.
ENTANGLEMENT opens on the platform at Paddington rail station in 2006 as Stella and John await their train to Cornwall. Across the concourse, Charlie is watching. What unfolds is the captivating story of the 30 years leading up to this moment as, unknown to them all, the paths of these two families cross over and over.
Brought to life against a rich and vibrantly described London, this powerful drama examines how the invisible threads of our lives can shape and influence, without us realising: how those sparks of recognition in everyday life, or an unknown brush past a stranger, may even come to define us.
‘I haven’t read such a striking debut for a long time.’ Holly said. ‘The idea that there is an undetectable web of connections between us is so seductive and Katy brings the concept to life with real care and energy. In a time of such division and uncertainty, it is inspiring to read a novel about our fundamental connectedness. The narrative is incredibly satisfying, touching on the very fabric of life – marriage, relationships, loss and the pursuit of happiness. Its tone reminds me of stories like ONE DAY by David Nicholls and THE VERSIONS OF US by Laura Barnett.’
Katy Mahood told us about the idea behind the novel: ‘ENTANGLEMENT fizzed away in my head for years. It’s a story about the extraordinary nature of everyday lives and the resilience of hope, even in dark times. I’ve always been fascinated by the way in which, particularly in the city, people’s lives can overlap and influence one another long before they meet. I wanted the story to exist in that intersection, with characters whose connection ultimately leads them to a place of hope, despite the challenges, losses and disappointments that they – like each of us – must face along the way. I’m so excited by Holly’s vision for the book and I’m absolutely delighted to be working with her and with all the team at Borough.’
For further details about this deal visit the Bookseller website.