We are thrilled for BPA client Kara Gnodde, whose debut novel The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything is out now with Mantle, Pan Macmillan. Following its US release with HarperCollins on February 28, the novel was selected as the Barnes & Noble Fiction Pick of the Month, Apple’s Best Book of the Month, and Amazon USA’s No.1 New British Release. It has already been on sale in UK Airports as WHSmith’s Feel Good Read of 2023.
Ahead of the publication of The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything, we interviewed Kara in conversation with her BPA mentor Sara Sarre. Watch the video here to find out how Kara got from her first to final draft, signed with her agent Charlotte Seymour at Johnson and Alcock and secured the deal with Pan Macmillan.
Like circles of a Venn diagram, Mimi and Art Brotherton have always come as a pair. Devoted siblings, they’re bound together in their childhood home by the tragic death of their parents. Art believes that people – including his sister – are incapable of making sensible decisions when it comes to love. That’s what algorithms are for. Mimi knows that her brother is a mathematical genius. But she believes that maths isn’t the answer to everything. Not quite. Especially when it comes to love.
Still, when Mimi begins her search for a soulmate, Art’s insistence that she follow a strict mathematical plan seems reasonable. The arrival of Frank, however – a romantic stargazer who is definitely not algorithm-approved – challenges the siblings’ relationship to breaking point. As their equilibrium falters, Art’s mistrust of Frank grows, but so do Mimi’s feelings. Something about Frank doesn’t quite add up, and only Art can see it….