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Francesca Kay to publish second novel

6th October 2010

The second novel from Francesca Kay is to be published next year by Orion Publishing Group's Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Due in book shops in August 2011, The Translation of Bones follows the religious mania that strikes a church in Battersea when a cleaner becomes convinced she saw a statue of Jesus open its eyes.

The publisher claims the novel is a 'profound meditation on the nature of faith and motherhood', as well as the story of a search for meaning that goes wrong.

Kirsty Dunseath, publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, said: 'Francesca Kay has an utterly unique and arresting voice and I was blown away by the power of this new novel, a very worthy successor to An Equal Stillness.'

An Equal Stillness, Kay's debut novel, won the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers after seeing off competition from Nami Mun's Miles From Nowhere and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber.

The judges praised Kay's ability to bring her protagonist to life in the novel, claiming she is able to use words like a 'paintbrush'.

An Equal Stillness was also Foyles' Fiction Book of the Month on its first publication in January 2009.

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