HoZ have snapped up one of the hottest pre-Frankfurt books, Swedish debut The Swimmer by Joakim Zander. Editorial Director Laura Palmer bought UK and Commonwealth rights at auction as part of a two-book deal from Astri Von Arbrin Ahlander at The Ahlander Agency.

Rights to this much talked about debut novel were recently sold at auction in 18 countries, including HarperCollins US who bought the book for a seven-figure sum.

Laura Palmer said ‘The Swimmer is the best new book I've read this year. This is a rare thing: both a fast-paced thriller, which had me on the edge of my seat, and a literary novel full of rich themes and ideas, stunning characters and flawless writing. At it's barest essentials, this is a story about a father searching for his daughter - a universal, heart-tugging quest that chimes with everybody, man or woman, young or old.’

Head of Zeus will publish in hardback and E in July 2014.