Echo acquires world rights to Blanche d'Alpuget's fiction backlist
Bonnier Publishing Australia’s Echo imprint has acquired world rights to bestselling novelist Blanche d'Alpuget’s backlist and new fiction titles, including four standalone novels and her historical fiction quartet. The deal includes classic novels: Turtle Beach, Winter in Jerusalem, Monkeys in the Dark and White Eye, and the Birth of the Plantagenets series: The Young Lion, The Lion Rampant, The Lion’s Torment and The Lion’s Den.
The four early fiction titles will have new covers that pay tribute to their heritage and status as contemporary Australian classics and will be released during 2018, while the first two books in the new-look Birth of the Plantagenets series, The Young Lion and The Lion Rampant will be published in May and August 2018. The final two books in the critically acclaimed series will publish in February and August 2019.
Echo’s Publishing Director, Kay Scarlett says Blanche d’Alpuget is a national literary treasure and she’s delighted to have such an established and respected author on the highly acclaimed Echo fiction list.
“We have the focus and determination to re-launch and complete Blanche’s wonderful historical fiction series, while also ensuring her classics such as Turtle Beach are given a new lease of life.”
Blanche d’Alpuget says:
“I am honoured to join the House of Bonnier, among the world’s most venerated and respected publishers. I look forward to a long and happy relationship with them and I am pleased to see my books in such good hands”.
Jeanne Ryckmans of The Cameron Creswell Agency says:
“It is important for authors to have their body of work contained under the one roof in an established, happy home. It is particularly gratifying to know that a new generation of readers will be introduced to Blanche’s award-winning backlist, in particular Turtle Beach and Winter in Jerusalem - the latter described by novelist Fay Weldon: “Haunts the memory long after the book has been closed and that is Blanche d’Alpuget’s trademark and her readers’ great good fortune”.
Rights were sold via Jeanne Ryckmans at The Cameron Creswell Agency.
About Blanche d’Alpuget
Blanche d'Alpuget is the author of eleven books, including eight novels translated into several languages - Monkeys in the Dark (1980), Turtle Beach (1981), Winter in Jerusalem (1986) White Eye (1993), The Young Lion (2013) and The Lion Rampant (2014).
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