Margaret Atwood

Books Karolina Sutton, +44 (0)20 7393 4428 Email Karolina Sutton

Alias Grace

book
Fiction
UK Bloomsbury Publishing
Canada McClelland & Stewart Inc
US Doubleday
1996

In 1843, a 16-year-old Canadian housemaid named Grace Marks was tried for the murder of her employer and his mistress. The sensationalistic trial made headlines throughout the world, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Yet opinion remained fiercely divided about Marks- -was she a spurned woman who had taken out her rage on two innocent victims, or was she an unwilling victim herself, caught up in a crime she was too young to understand?

Such doubts persuaded the judges to commute her sentence to life imprisonment, and Marks spent the next 30 years in an assortment of jails and asylums, where she was often exhibited as a star attraction. In Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood reconstructs Marks's story in fictional form. Her portraits of 19th-century prison and asylum life are chilling in their detail. The author also introduces Dr Simon Jordan, who listens to the prisoner's tale with a mixture of sympathy and disbelief. In his effort to uncover the truth, Jordan uses the tools of the then rudimentary science of psychology. But the last word belongs to the book's narrator--Grace herself.

Rights

Audio Rights

Unavailable

Film Rights

Unavailable

Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for Alias Grace

Co-agents

Translation Rights Sold

Arabic
World
Kalima
Bulgarian
World
Lachezar Minchev Publishing House
Catalan
World
Acantilado
Chinese Complex
Taiwan
Ten Points Publishing
Chinese Simple
World
Nanjing University Press
Croatian
World
Skolska Knijga
Czech
World
Argo Publishers
Danish
World
Lindhardt & Ringhof
Dutch
World
Prometheus/Bert Bakker
Estonian
World
Eesti Entukopeedia
Finnish
World
Otava Publishing Company
French
World
Editions Laffont
German
World
Berlin Verlag
Greek
World
Oceanida Publications
Hebrew
World
Kinneret Publishing House
Hungarian
World
Libri Könyvkiadó
Italian
World
Ponte Alle Grazie SpA
Japanese
World
Iwanami Shoten
Korean
World
Minumsa
Lithuanian
World
Tyto Alba
Macedonian
World
Begemot
Norwegian
World
Aschehoug & Co
Polish
World
Proszynski I S-Ka
Portuguese
Brazil
Editora Rocco
Portuguese
World
Bertrand Editora
Romanian
World
Editura Leda
Russian
World
Eksmo Publishers
Serbian
World
Laguna
Slovak
World
Slovart spol
Spanish
World
Ediciones B
Swedish
World
Norstedts
Turkish
World
Dogan ve Egmont
Media
Alias Grace
Alias Grace
Reviews


A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled...This, surely is as far as a novel can go Julie Myerson
Independent on Sunday

Representation
Books
Karolina Sutton
+44 (0)20 7393 4428
Email Karolina Sutton
Translation Rights
Sophie Baker
+44 (0)20 7393 4425
Email Sophie Baker
Translation Rights
Claire Nozieres
+44 (0)20 7393 4425
Email Claire Nozieres
News