Outstanding cross-genre debut to Quercus imprint Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher, publisher of Quercus’ Jo Fletcher Books imprint, has acquired UK and Commonwealth and translation rights to Stephen Cox’s debut novel OUR CHILD OF THE STARS in a two-book deal from Robert Dinsdale at Independent Literary.

OUR CHILD OF THE STARS is a mainstream novel with a wonderful speculative flourish. Set in 1960s America, it tells the story of Cory, a lost boy with a remarkable appearance, the lengths his adopted family will go to protect him, and the secret that refuses to stay hidden. It is a rare novel of warmth, charm, goodness and generosity that transcends genre.

Jo Fletcher says: ‘I knew I had to go for OUR CHILD OF THE STARS from the first chapter . . . and when everyone else at Quercus started raving too, I knew this was something exceptional. To have won it when I know a number of major mainstream and genre publishers were equally enthusiastic makes this a special acquisition. Everyone at Jo Fletcher Books and Quercus is thrilled to be publishing Stephen and introducing Cory to an unsuspecting world.’

Stephen Cox said: ‘In October 2013 I wrote a short story for Halloween. I knew then that Molly, Gene and Cory were special: they deserved their story to be told in full, and to a wider audience. I’m delighted to be working with such an experienced and insightful editor as Jo Fletcher to make that happen. Three cheers too for my agent Robert Dinsdale, who believed in the book.’

US rights are being handled by Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates.

Jo Fletcher Books will publish OUR CHILD OF THE STARS in early 2019.