Neamat Imam, a TLC client, formerly showcased, and Bangladeshi Canadian author of literary fiction, has recently signed a contract with UK-based publisher Garnet for his first novel The Black Coat. The novel will be released in the UK on 26 June 2015, on Garnet’s Periscope imprint.
Imam came to TLC in 2011 with the first draft of his novel, and was assigned Kavita Bhanot as his reader. Upon Kavita’s recommendation, TLC introduced him to literary agent David Godwin, who sold the book’s first south Asian right to Penguin Books India in 2012. In this new deal, Garnet has bought world rights.
On The Black Coat, Periscope said:
“An intense, engrossing tale told with the fluid pacing of a born storyteller, this astonishing novel is also animated by humour as dark as the iconic outerwear that gives the book its title. The tortured origins of modern Bangladesh are brought to life vividly, yet with subtle strokes. They provide a poignant backdrop to a central drama that Dostoyevsky and Kafka would have recognised and applauded, yet which is all Neamat Imam’s own.”