See below for the latest CaskieMushens' news - new signings, new deals, prizes, and bestsellers.
'Addictive' story of obsession to HQ
HarperCollins imprint HQ is to publish Indecent, an "addictive and thought-provoking" story from debut author Corinne Sullivan, in 2018.
HQ senior commissioning editor Anna Baggaley acquired UK and Commonwealth rights at auction, from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens on behalf of Stephen Barbara and Alexis Hurley at Inkwell Management.
The book follows shy, introverted college graduate Imogene Abney who takes a job at The Vandenberg School, an exclusive institution populated by privileged boys. When Imogene develops a relationship with a student - handsome, popular Adam Kipling - she crosses a line that could result in disaster of all kinds—losing her job, jail, and the total ruin of her reputation.
Exploring issues of sexism, class, and sex, and complicating the seemingly black-and-white nature of their relationship, the novel raises questions of the true nature of victimhood, blame, and moral ambiguity, with the feel of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep (Black Swan) meets Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal (Penguin), according to the publisher.
GOOD ME, BAD ME hits paperback bestseller list
Congratulations Ali Land - GOOD ME, BAD ME is celebrating three weeks in the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list!
Two more Jessie Burton novels to Picador
Picador has acquired the next two novels by Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.
Burton's first new novel in the deal will centre on themes of love, sex, work and motherhood and "the wildly divergent paths our lives can take". The as-yet-untitled novel will tell the story of three women – Elise Morceau, Rebecca Holden and Laura Simmons – and "the complex connections they have shared across decades and continents".
Publishing director Francesca Main, who acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens, said working with Burton to date has been "an incredible thrill and honour" and the team "can't wait to see her go from strength to strength" looking ahead.
Mushens echoed the sentiment calling the experience of working with Burton "a delight" and "a dream" after seeing her debut sell in 38 countries around the world. She added: "With Francesca Main at the helm of her publishing, I know this is just the beginning of her career, and cannot wait for even more readers to fall in love with her words."
Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist (Picador) launched her career as an internationally bestselling author in 2014, going on to sell over a million copies worldwide, with a major new BBC TV adaptation starring Romola Garai due to air this winter.
In total Burton has now sold 688,283 books for £4.57m through Nielsen Bookscan, with The Miniaturist and her 2016 second novel The Muse selling 391,166 copies and 143,403 copies respectively in paperback.
Good Universe, 21 Laps lands HOLD BACK THE STARS for Lee Toland Krieger to direct
Good Universe has acquired screen rights to Katie Khan’s science fiction novel Hold Back The Stars, and attached Lee Toland Krieger to direct it. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce, and Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman will be executive producers.
Set in the near future and spanning two separate timelines, Khan’s novel is a romance that follows the story of a couple falling for each other on earth, juxtaposed against the story of them fighting for their lives in space while running out of oxygen. As the storylines play out, the mystery as to why they’ve gone into space becomes clearer. The novel was published by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and by Transworld in the UK, and in 20 other countries.
WME and Ziffren Brittenham represent 21 Laps. UTA, Anonymous and attorney George Davis represent Krieger. UTA and Caskie Mushens Ltd represent Khan. Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated deals on behalf of producers.