An Oxford student is being tipped as the “next big thing in South Asian literature” after signing a two-book deal with Quercus Publishing House.
Prajwal Parajuly, who is currently studying for a MSt. in creative writing at Kellogg College, received a five-figure advance for UK and Commonwealth rights for two of his books, and at 26 becomes the youngest writer at Quercus.
The Gurkha’s Daughter: Stories, a collection of short stories chronicling the lives of members of the Nepalese Diaspora around the world, is scheduled to be released in December 2012, while Land Where I Flee, a novel, will be released in December 2013.
Jon Riley, editor-in-chief at Quercus, told thebookseller.com that “the colour and intensity of Prajwal Parajuly’s language, and the world he peoples his work with, make him an astonishingly accomplished young writer and one we are excited to be publishing.”