Faber & Faber are delighted to announce the publication of Kismet by Luke Tredget in May 2018.
Louisa Joyner, Editorial Director, bought UK & Commonwealth rights; US & Canadian rights were bought by Jean Garnett at Little, Brown. Sold by Georgia Garrett at Rogers Coleridge and White Ltd.
Kismet is a wildly entertaining, whip-smart debut set in a world where traditional dating has been replaced by a matchmaking app called Kismet. It’s the story of Anna, a young woman struggling to decide whether to embrace the life she has or risk everything for the life she imagines, and explores how romantic technology shapes our desires and what it means to ‘settle’. With the romance of David Nicholls and the off-kilter charisma of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, Kismet is a love story about imperfect people in a world obsessed with perfect matches.
Louisa Joyner said: ‘I still remember the first time I read Kismet. I couldn’t believe that I was in the company of such brilliant, flawed, complex and contradictory characters in Luke Tredget’s utterly fresh novel. Two weeks later I was watching Phoebe Waller-Bridge lose her boyfriend over an inappropriate reaction to a Barak Obama speech and was taken straight back to Luke’s wonderful novel and just how timely it is. If Kismet doesn’t make you laugh, feel a tiny bit awkward and bring back memories of fab nights out with mortifying consequences I’ll give you your money back myself.’
Jean Garnett said: ‘Kismet is not just an addictive read; it’s also a sly critique of our over-networked age that perfectly captures the late-twenties/early-thirties scramble to figure out who you are and what you want. I related to the gloriously complex and flawed Anna on so many levels it was almost spooky, and I am so excited to introduce her to American readers.’
Luke Tredget said: ‘Faber and Little, Brown are responsible for so many of my favourite books, both old and new. It’s an absolute delight to be published by them, and to have the support and insights of such talented editors and teams. It’s all a dream come true.’
Luke Tredget works in international development for the Red Cross. His journalism has been published in the Guardian and he completed the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA in 2015. He lives in London.