It's Official! Su Bristow's Sealskin acquired by Orenda Books

Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, is delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights for debut author, Su Bristow's Sealskin, in a deal negotiated with Broo Doherty of DHH Literary Agency. 

Karen says, 'I was swept away by this simply beautiful book – a flawless retelling of a legend that features in the folklore of so many nations. Set in a Scottish fishing village, Sealskin is an exquisitely written, subtle story of a small community's response to difference, studying the nuances of personal relationships and how an outside influence recasts and fortifies social ties. Every character, every relationship, every aspect of the setting and the story is finely drawn, with a compelling timelessness that is at once relevant and able to transport us to a different world. Su has an extraordinary talent for exploring social dynamics, tradition and the innate human capacity for forgiveness, acceptance and care, and this is an exceptional book on many, many levels.' 
Broo Doherty says, 'I am absolutely delighted to have sold Sealskin by Su Bristow to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books. It is a magical and elegiac novel, based on an age-old myth but told with a modern twist. I know that it is in safe hands, and it will be published with confidence and enthusiasm, Orenda's trademarks...'
Sealskin won the 2013 Exeter Novel Prize and will be published in early Spring 2017. For more information, please contact


ClareG said…
Congratulations, Su! I am so pleased for you.