Two Roads, an imprint of John Murray Press, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Young Bloomsbury by Nino Strachey from Northbank non-fiction agent Martin Redfern. The book will be published in Autumn 2021.
Young Bloomsbury reveals an aspect of Bloomsbury history that has been largely overlooked: that of a second-generation group of creatives who inspired and rejuvenated the Bloomsbury Group in the 1920s. This colourful and often transgressive cast of characters includes novelist and music critic Eddy Sackville-West, sculptor Stephen Tomlin and writer Julia Strachey.
Nino, who is related to one of the families at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group, says: ‘Bloomsbury had always celebrated sexual equality and freedom in private, feeling that every person had the right to live and love in the way they chose. But by the 1920s, transgressive self-expression was becoming more public, with cross-dressing Young Bloomsbury giving Old Bloomsbury a new voice in a shared rebellion against pre-war conventions. I am thrilled to have signed with Two Roads – I share their passion for exploring other lives, other places and other times, and couldn’t think of a better publishing partner for Young Bloomsbury.’
Acquiring editor Lisa Highton says: ‘Nino Strachey has brought this extraordinary group of people back into the spotlight whose influence can still be felt and celebrated today. Endlessly fascinating.’