TIN, the first book from Pádraig Kenny, and a second stand alone novel have been sold to Barry Cunningham, Publisher at Chicken House Books by Sophie Hicks.
A heartfelt tale of friendship, humanity and belonging, TIN is set in an alternative England of the 1930s and follows a boy and his mechanical friends as they discover the truth about his past. Christopher is 'Proper': a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal, and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher’s world changes forever … What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.
Pinocchio meets The Wizard of Oz, TIN is a thought-provoking and timely novel with strong themes of friendship, war, and humanity.
Cunningham said: 'Pádraig Kenny has written a debut classic that will mean a great deal to readers everywhere. Tin is about heart and soul, friendship, and mechanical strength – it’s about the future of machines and the inheritance of human loyalty. It’s also funny, adventurous, and loving.'
Hicks said: 'I am delighted that Barry Cunningham and the team at Chicken House are going to be publishing Pádraig's spectacular novel, TIN. I read Pádraig's debut novel in one sitting and realised that the world he has created and the story he has told is destined to become an instant classic.'
TIN will be published in February 2018. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.