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Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS to Picador

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Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS to Kishani Widyaratna at Picador, on behalf of the Jane Novak Literary Agency in Sydney. Picador will publish as a paperback original on 18th April, following with an audio edition. NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS is an astonishing first person account of life as a refugee detained on Manus Island, first in the detention centre via WhatsApp messages then transcribed from Farsi to English by Dr Omid Tofighian. The book has already won Australia’s most prestigious award, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature. The full announcement can be read in The Bookseller here.

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