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Latest Acquisitions & Adaptations

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

Acquisition News

Hera Secures Rao’s Debut

Missy, the debut novel by Raghav Rao, has been acquired by Hera. Hera’s Publisher Keshini Naidoo bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding audio and translation rights), from Priya Doraswamy at Lotus Lane Literary. Missy follows the tumultuous life of the titular character – though at first, she is known as Savitri, or Savi. Savi has spent her childhood growing up in a convent in Madras, India, after having been orphaned at a young age. When she is taken in by the wealthy Nandiyar family as their new governess, Savi feels that this could be her chance to escape monotony and live a fuller life. However, one disastrous night sees her hopes for the future dashed, and she is forced to flee India along with her lover, both of them making their way to America. Eventually settling in Chicago, Savi becomes Missy Royce, a successful business owner and proud mother. Yet, even after forty years in America, Missy discovers that one’s past can never truly be outrun, and it all starts with the introduction of one charming doctor named Varun. Missy is set to be published on 19 September 2024 in hardback and eBook editions, with the paperback edition following in 2025.

Scribe Lands Jente Posthuma’s Translated Debut Novella

People With No Charisma is set to be published in the English language for the first time by Scribe, translated by Sarah Timmer Harvey. Winning multiple national awards, Jente Posthuma’s debut novel was originally published in the Netherlands in 2016. People With No Charisma is a dark and humorous novella, told by a thirteen-year-old protagonist. Written as twelve different parts, the book represents the progression through life’s stages, portraying the innate complexity of family life, showcasing a person’s most challenging and affecting encounters. Since People With No Charisma, Posthuma has gone on to write What I’d Rather Not Think About, also published by Scribe, which landed her on the International Booker Prize 2024 shortlist. World English language rights were acquired by Marika Webb-Pullman from Van Grunsven Creative Management and is set to be published in July 2025.

From Book to Screen

What to Watch?

Sweet Tooth is Back for Season Three

Warner Bros. Television is back to producing the adaptation of Sweet Tooth. Based on the comic book by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth will continue with its story set in a world filled with a deadly virus, killing off the majority of the human population. In the aftermath, hybrid babies are born with animal tendencies. In season three, we will continue to follow Gus, a ten-year-old deer boy, on his journey, as he gets closer to Alaska in the hopes of finding his mother. We will see the likes of Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Stefania LaVie Owen and Naledi Murray reprising their roles. Season three is also set to introduce some new characters following Gus and his adventure. Find Sweet Tooth season three on Netflix on 6 June 2024.



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