Vikram Seth to return to Orion

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson is delighted to announce that it has secured publishing rights to Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Girl, the sequel to his award-winning, critically acclaimed bestseller, A Suitable Boy, which was published in 1993, and has since sold over a million copies around the world in twenty languages. In addition, the company has reacquired the rights to A Suitable Boy which Weidenfeld & Nicolson is proud to be republishing this year, the book’s twentieth anniversary. In addition, the novel will be published in electronic form for the first time.

A Suitable Boy is one of the longest novels ever written in the English language. It was hailed worldwide on publication (“Puts a subcontinent between hardcovers” wrote the Sunday Times), and has continued to attract millions of fans ever since. Its vast and rich panorama remains as bright and alluring today as it was when the book was first published.

The deal was negotiated with agent David Godwin by Malcolm Edwards, deputy CEO and publisher, Orion Publishing Group. Kirsty Dunseath, publishing director, Weidenfeld & Nicolson said, “The whole team here is absolutely thrilled to be publishing Vikram once more.”

Vikram Seth said, “Twenty years ago, Orion, who were then quite a new publisher, took a risk and brought out A Suitable Boy. It is entirely in the fitness of things that A Suitable Girl will be joining her companion. And for my part, it is a great pleasure to be home again”

Weidenfeld & Nicolson is an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK. Hachette Livre, of which Hachette UK is a division, is the world’s second-largest publisher of trade books.

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