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Latest Acquisitions & Adaptations

By Georgie Cutler, Eva Lee, Niamh Parr and Emily Retford

Acquisition News

PMJ and Del Rey to Publish SenLinYu’s Debut Fantasy Novel

Alchemised is the debut dark fantasy novel by author SenLinYu, pseudonym for Sarah Harris. Rebecca Hilsdon, Editorial Director at PMJ, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Suzannah Ball at WME in a two-book deal, with North American rights going to Emily Archbold at Del Rey. Set in a fantasy world riddled with the magical crafts of necromancy and alchemy, Alchemised follows the story of a young amnesiac healer as she finds herself being taken as a prisoner-of-war. The war itself is a brutal one being waged against those who have discovered the secrets of immortality. With certain secrets stored in her lost memories, the protagonist must fight to protect what she herself cannot even remember, whilst also grappling with an unexpected enemies-to-lovers romance. In her Substack announcement, Sen divulged that the novel “will grapple with themes of trauma and survival, legacy and the way that love can drive one to extreme darkness.” Alchemised is the reimagined version of a fanfiction previously written by SenLinYu. It is set to be published in hardback in the autumn of 2025.

Faber Lands Swanson’s New Novel A Talent For Murder

Peter Swanson’s new psychological thriller A Talent for Murder is set to be published by Faber after the success of his previous festive miniature title The Christmas Guest. The new psychological novel is set to follow the mysterious and whirlwind romance of subdued librarian Martha and her husband Alan. After their seemingly perfect relationship starts to turn sour, Martha begins to suspect that Alan’s travelling plans hide a sinister secret, as a trail of dead women seems to follow his every move. To uncover the truth, Martha turns to her friend Lily for help; however, Lily might have a few secrets of her own. Angus Cargill, Publishing Director of Faber, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to A Talent for Murder from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, acting as a representative of Sobel Weber Associates. Cargill commented that the new novel is “a sublime and shocking page-turner for this summer” (The Bookseller). A Talent for Murder is set to be published on 04 July 2024.

From Book to Screen

What to Watch?

Series three of Bridgerton is coming to Netflix

Penelope and Colin’s story is headed to Netflix this spring with the release of the third season of Bridgerton. It follows the huge success of the first two series of the Shondaland show. The first season had the biggest-ever debut for a streaming service’s original series. The show is adapted from the Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn, which follow the eight Bridgerton siblings as they find love in Regency Britain. The third season is based on the fourth book in the series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. It follows Colin Bridgerton as he returns from travelling to discover the Penelope Featherington he knew has changed since he last saw her. His sister’s best friend has turned into the woman that haunts his dreams. The season sees the return of the much-loved cast with Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton taking the lead. The series will be released in two parts: the first part on 16 May 2024, with the second part joining it on the 13 June 2024.

In the Works

Harlan Corban's Run Away Slated for Adaptation

The author of Fool Me Once is set for another series adaptation – this time, Netflix will be adapting the dark and mysterious 2019 release Run Away. The story follows Simon’s daughter Paige, who has run away from home, leaving the whole family distraught. Addicted to drugs and with an abusive boyfriend, Paige is not the girl Simon remembers after all these years. His search for his daughter will take him into a dangerous underworld, filled with secrets and troubles which could tear his family apart forever. Currently, no information has been revealed while the talks are in the early stages. Keep an eye out for further details.


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