Head of Zeus have acquired Neal Ascherson’s first novel, The Death Of The Fronsac. Neil Belton, Publishing Director at Head of Zeus, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Michael Sissons at PFD.
Neal Ascherson is one of the post war world's greatest foreign correspondents. After national service as a Royal Marine Commando in Malaya, he reported from Asia, Africa and Central Europe for The Observer and The Independent on Sunday. After returning to Britain he wrote a celebrated weekly column for The Observer that became very influential in debates about the reform of the British state and devolution. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New York Review, and has lectured and written extensively on Polish and Eastern European affairs.
The Death Of The Fronsac is based on a real disaster from the Second World War - the explosion and sinking of a French warship on the Clyde - and powerfully evokes a dark period in Scottish and Polish history.
Ascherson’s previous books include Black Sea, Games With Shadows, Stone Voices and The Polish August.
Neil Belton said: ‘We are delighted to welcome an author of Neal Ascherson’s calibre to HoZ. I published his last three non-fiction books and have always admired his historical wisdom, and his ability to capture the dark truths of the past century in graceful prose. What I had no reason to expect, however, was this haunting and engaging novel about a Polish officer exiled in Scotland during the war. It is an exploration of the consequences of an act of violent betrayal, and of the breakdown of states, and it deserves to be very widely read.'
The Death Of The Fronsac By Neal Ascherson, 9781786694379
Published on August 10th 2017, price £18.99 hardback