Alison acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (exc. Canada) from Harry Illingworth in a four-way auction. Josh Kendall, editorial director for Mulholland, pre-empted US rights. The novels were also pre-empted in Poland and Italy, the latter within 24 hours of submission.
Lightseekers follows psychologist Philip Taiwo who is commissioned to investigate the lynching of three young students in a Nigerian university town, a brutal act caught on social media.
Kayode, formerly a University of East Anglia creative writing student, won the £3,000 Little, Brown prize in October with judges paying tribute to Lightseekers, described as “shocking and emotional”. The author described it at the time as "a kind of love letter to my home country, Nigeria”.
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