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TURBULENCE

David Szalay

  • Original Title: TURBULENCE
  • Publication date: December 2018
  • Publisher: JONATHAN CAPE
  • Country: GB
  • 144 print pages
  • Dramedy

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Maternity, Paternity, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

Beginning and ending in London, the book follows a series of flights around the world. In the course of the twelve stories, there is an array of characters from across the globe, each in the midst of their own drama.

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Translation rights sold: US (2-bk deal at 12-way auction), Canada, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Czech republic, Isarël, Korea, Russia


Winner of the 2019 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the Readers Choice.

Publishing rights acquired at auction, in a two-book deal (along with the author's next novel)

Each story has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4

David Szalay won the Betty Trask Prize for his first novel, LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST, along with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was named one of The Telegraph’s ‘Top 20 British Writers under 40′ and has also made it onto Granta magazine’s 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists. His linked collection of short stories, ALL THAT MAN IS, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Gordon Burn Prize in 2016.

Summary

Twelve people on the move around planet Earth, twelve individual lives, each in turmoil, and each in some way touching the next.

In this nuanced sequence, David Szalay’s diverse protagonists circumnavigate the world in twelve plane journeys, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers and parents, children and siblings, or nobody at all.

Along the way, Szalay depicts the ripple effect that, knowingly or otherwise, a person’s actions have on those around them, and invites us to consider our own place in the vast and delicately balanced network of human relationships that is the world we live in today.

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  • Author’s biography

    David Szalay (born 1974) is a British writer. He won the Betty Trask Prize for his first novel, LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST, along with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was named one of The Telegraph’s ‘Top 20 British Writers under 40′ and has also made it onto Granta magazine’s 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists. His linked collection of short stories, ALL THAT MAN IS, was short listed for the Man Booker Prize and won the Gordon Burn Prize in 2016.