Lisa Highton at Two Roads has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Young Bloomsbury by Nino Strachey from Martin Redfern at Northbank Talent Management. John Murray Press will publish in hardback, ebook and audio in autumn 2021.
Young Bloomsbury reveals an aspect of Bloomsbury history that has been largely overlooked: that of a second-generation group of creatives who inspired and rejuvenated the Bloomsbury Group in the 1920s. These colourful and often transgressive cast of characters includes novelist and music critic Eddy Sackville-West, sculptor Stephen Tomlin and writer Julia Strachey.
Nino Strachey, Head of Research at the National Trust, is descended from one of the families at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group. Nino’s first book, Rooms of Their Own, an illustrated study of the homes of three Bloomsbury writers, was published by Pavilion Books in 2018.
Strachey says: ‘Bloomsbury had always celebrated sexual equality and freedom in private, feeling that every person had the right to live and love in the way they chose. But by the 1920s, transgressive self-expression was becoming more public, with cross-dressing Young Bloomsbury giving Old Bloomsbury a new voice in a shared rebellion against pre-war conventions. I am thrilled to have signed with Two Roads – I share their passion for exploring other lives, other places and other times, and couldn’t think of a better publishing partner for Young Bloomsbury.’
Highton says: ‘Nino Strachey has brought this extraordinary group of people back into the spotlight whose influence can still be felt and celebrated today. Endlessly fascinating.’
John Murray Press will publish in autumn 2021 in hardback, audiobook and ebook.