We are proud to announce that we are to publish Theft, the exhilarating new novel of love, envy and revenge in divided Britain from British writer Luke Brown, in spring 2020. To have your name in the book as a subscriber who has helped make the book happen, the deadline is 31st July 2019.

Publisher Stefan Tobler, who bought World English rights from Peter Straus at the Rogers, Coleridge and White agency, commented: ‘Theft is an exhilarating howl of a novel about love, envy and revenge which gives us a new perspective on the current state of Britain: class, privilege, and identity politics through the lens of a man from a broken town in the north-west now living a precarious life in London. It’s a book that had me laughing out loud and quoting bits to people, and a book that kept me thinking long after each read. It connects the current fates of the north and the south in a way I haven’t seen in recent British fiction, and it couldn’t be more timely.’

Theft moves between gentrified east London and Fleetwood, Lancashire, recently named as one of the most depressed places in the UK.

Luke Brown grew up and went to school in Fleetwood and still regularly visits his family there. He said, ‘For better or worse my character was formed by growing up in a northern seaside town, and working in independent publishing for more than a decade. So it’s a lovely homecoming to be published by an independent based in the North which has such international great taste, artistic ambition and publishing nous.’

Theft will be published as a paperback original with flaps in the UK in February 2020 and the US in April 2020.

About the author: Luke Brown grew up in Fleetwood, a former fishing town on the coast of Lancashire. He works as a book editor in London and is a lecturer at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. He writes for the Financial Times, London Review of Books, TLS and New Statesman. His debut novel My Biggest Lie was published by Canongate in 2014, and his fiction has appeared in The White Review.


Praise for My Biggest Lie by Luke Brown:

‘A real page-tuner. Deeply sensual.’ Gary Shteyngart

‘I grabbed this for its mad adventure but came away with a gift for the heart.’ DBC Pierre

‘… Captures the sun-soaked sexiness of the city, and the hazy drug that is desire better than anything I have read in years.’ The Guardian

‘Rewarding and ambitious.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘An unashamedly literary novel that nonetheless wears its learning lightly and is totally unpretentious: a ludic, drunk, dizzying jaunt.’ Dazed & Confused

‘A scintillating, intelligent and uproariously funny trip into the excesses of storytelling’ Big Issue

‘Smart, zingy and extremely funny, this is a real treat.’ Paul Murray

‘It’s warmth and tenderness are hard to resist.’ Catherine O’Flynn

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