With the Frankfurt Bookfair starting today there has already been lots of bookish news emerging with pre-emptive book deals already taking place.
According to the Bookseller, Simon and Schuster won the auction for the UK and Commonwealth rights to a psychological drama by former Guardian journalist Sarah Vaughan. Anatomy of a Scandal will be published in January 2018.
Michael Joseph won the auction rights to a new debut thriller by C J Tudor called The Chalk Man. The book is due to be published in hardback on 11th January 2018 and according to publishing director Maxine Hitchcock in the Bookseller it has all the ingredients to become one of the great contemporary thrillers.
HarperCollins UK and Harper Collins US (William Morrow) have snapped up the rights to the debut psychological novel The Woman in the Window. Written by William Morrow’s own vice president and executive editor Daniel Mallory it was submitted under the pseudonym A J Finn. The film rights have already been sold to Fox 2000.
According to the Bookseller, Corvus are to publish Troll a psychological thriller by David Thorne as part of a three book deal.
If you have not heard the news already then according to the Guardian Irvine Welsh’s 2009 novel Crime is being adapted for the television. Crime is about a detective inspector who has fled to Miami following a mental breakdown. In Florida, a coke-fuelled binge brings him into contact with 10-year-old Tianna, a victim of a sex crime, which brings back memories of a harrowing child-sex murder case back in Edinburgh.
Un-agented author T A Cotterell’s debut novel has been acquired by Transworld. What Alice Knew, will according to the Bookseller be published on 20th April 2017.
The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle a debut novel by Stuart Turton has been sold to Bloomsbury. According to Harry Illingworth of DHH Literary Agency in the Bookseller, The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle has been described as Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day, by way of Agatha Christie.
Julia Wisdom has according to Booktrade info acquired two more thrillers from best-selling Swedish writer Lars Kepler. Both thrillers will feature Joona Linna, the maverick detective first introduced in the Sunday Times Bestseller The Hypnotist.
According to World Screen Laurence Bowen’s newly formed indie company has acquired the rights to adapt the novels of bestselling author Alastair Maclean. Maclean’s best known novels include The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare. The first novel to be turned into a four or six part event mini-series will be San Andreas.