Faber has acquired debut author Nilesha Chauvet

By Faber Editor, 11 October 2022

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Faber has acquired The Uprising of Rita Marsh by debut author Nilesha Chauvet in a twenty-four-hour pre-empt. Crime editor Sara Helen Binney and associate publisher Louisa Joyner snapped up UK and commonwealth rights from Nelle Andrew at Rachel Mills Literary in a two-book deal. The Uprising of Rita Marsh will be published as a superlead on the Faber crime list in 2024.

The book follows a vigilante paedophile-hunter who finds her work coming too close to home.

By day, Rita Marsh is an ordinary small business owner running her late parents’ care home, caring for the elderly and infirm. By night, she’s a vigilante, posing as a young girl online. She snares the men who try to prey on her, exposing them for what they are. She’s a force for good in a country whose justice system is crumbling.

Rita has successfully kept her two lives separate for years, but when an old classmate returns from her past to tell her a years-old secret, her two worlds start to collide. With both of her selves unravelling, Rita will have to choose between justice and vengeance. Will she remain a protector – or become someone to fear?

Nilesha Chauvet is a British Indian debut novelist. She is also the Managing Director of the GOOD Agency, which advises commercial brands on purpose and helps charities to raise millions of pounds for good causes. A graduate of Faber Academy, Nilesha has also studied novels and short-story writing at Curtis Brown Creative and City Lit. She read philosophy and theology at Oxford and was ordained as an interfaith minister in 2004. The manuscript of her debut novel, The Uprising of Rita Marsh, was awarded a prestigious London Writers Award with Spread the Word and was a finalist for the Spotlight First Novel Award.

Sara Helen Binney said:

‘This book grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Rita is a brilliant creation, driving the heart-pounding plot and meaty themes of the book while being deliciously complex and morally dubious. I’m delighted Nilesha chose the Faber crime list as Rita’s new home.’

Nilesha Chauvet said:

‘I’ve been deeply impressed by the enthusiasm Rita has received by the team at Faber. Their empathy and understanding of my work and commitment to quality storytelling has given me absolute confidence that I’ve found the right home. There is no better place, in my view. I can’t wait to introduce Rita Marsh to the world.’