September 15th, 2015

Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel, THE FISHERMEN, is shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2015!

The entire Pontas Agency's team is happy to announce that The Fishermen, by Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, is the only debut novel shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015At 28, Chigozie Obioma is the youngest of this year’s shortlisted authors, the same age as 2013 winner Eleanor Catton.

 chigozie-obioma-the-fishermen_home-web3Jessica Craig, who started representing Chigozie Obioma in March 2013 and brought him to Pontas as a client says:

«This has been an unforgettable journey from March 2013 when I first read the first paragraph of The Fishermen in which the mother and father are described as the two ventricles of their boys’ home which would flood with blood if the boys poked them, and I knew from then that my heart would be torn open by this novel and that Chigozie Obioma would prove to be a writer of exceptional insight, imagination, and skill.  I will never forget the first conversation I had about Chigozie’s writing with Elena Lappin, the excitement of when she immediately read the manuscript and her first words when she called me were “Bull’s eye!”. And even though she and Adam Freudenheim were just starting the ONE imprint, I knew they would publish The Fishermen with all the passion, care, and vision that is essential for launching a serious new writer into the world.  I will never forget the excitement during the London Book Fair 2014 when the manuscript was ready to be shown to international editors and on the first day of the fair the North American rights were sold to Little, Brown and French rights to Editions de l’Olivier and German, Brazilian, and Italian editors were falling in love with the novel too. And today it is undeniable that Chigozie Obioma has emerged as one of the most formidably talented authors of his generation. All of us at Pontas are proud to represent him and overjoyed to celebrate this momentous achievement and many more with him.»

  • International Publishers

ENGLISH (UK & Commonwealth) | One/Pushkin Press
ENGLISH (Australia) | Scribe
ENGLISH (US & Canada) | Little, Brown
ENGLISH (Nigeria) | Cassava Republic
DUTCH | De Geus
FRENCH | Éditions de l’Olivier
GERMAN | Aufbau
GREEK | Metaichmio
ITALIAN | Bompiani
KOREAN | Cresma
PORTUGUESE (Brazil) | Globo
SPANISH | Siruela
SWEDISH | Ordfront
TURKISH | Pegasus

  • Awards
    Shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize
    Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award
    Shortlisted for the FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices 2015 Fiction Award
    Shortlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
    Chosen by Book Riot as one of the 8 best books of all published in the first half of 2015 in their “halftime podcast
    Selected by the ALA (American Library Association) as one of the 5 best debut novels for Spring 2015

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The Pontas Team selfie to congratulate Chigozie Obioma for making The Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist with The Fishermen.

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The making-of.