Latest rights news

2019
As Spring springs into action, we're gearing up for the London and Bologna Book Fairs with a brand new Rights Guide. 

For further information, please contact Rights Director Elinor Bagenal or download our Rights Guide using the link to the right.

THE LOOP by Ben Oliver

Luka Kane has been inside hi-tech prison the Loop for over two years. A death sentence is hanging over his head but his day-to-day routine is mind-numbingly repetitive. Then everything changes. Soon, Luka has to face a new reality: breaking out of the Loop might be his only chance to save himself – and the world …

A thrilling UKYA debut from a stunning new talent: dark, original, twisty and totally unputdownable, this is a futuristic Prison Break with shades of 1984. Film/TV rights optioned by Lime with producer Louise Sutton (Black Mirror) on board.

  Extract available; full ms available beginning of May. Synopses for books 1-3 available.
World rights available.
Rights sold: Canada, Czech Republic, Film, Germany, USA.  Negotiations going on for French rights

GRANNY MAGIC by Elka Evalds

When Peter’s granny dies and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to her house, dark magic begins to unravel in the village of Knitford. Can Peter and his gran’s knitting group tie Fitchet in knots?

Grannies, knitting and magical sheep combine in a heart-warming adventure for ages 7 and up.

Full ms available after Bologna.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

The Cantankerous Molly Darling by Alvy Carragher

Molly Darling wants life to be as simple as wellies and porridge – but her family is coming apart at the seams, and to top it all off, the chickens are missing. It’s enough to make any girl cantankerous. But … she’ll fix it all. Easy, right?

An exciting young Irish writer with a distinctive voice, Alvy Carragher’s debut is funny, fresh and full of heart.

Full ms available after Bologna.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

Spylark by Danny Rurlander

Ever since a terrible accident, Tom has struggled with his mobility. But he has a secret escape: Skylark, his drone. It’s through Skylark that he stumbles upon a terrorist plot – but can he stop it in time?

A confident and exciting debut novel about friendship, bravery, terrorism and technology.

Full ms available after Bologna.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

Peril en Pointe by Helen Lipscombe

Milly yearns to dance like her ballerina mum – but during the biggest performance of her life, she messes up and her mum disappears. Six months on, Milly receives an unexpected invitation to join Swan House, a prestigious ballet school. But this is no ordinary ballet school: it’s a school for spies …

The first in a funny, thrilling series for middle-grade readers by a fresh new voice in children’s fiction: Ballet Shoes meets Murder Most Unladylike with a fun, contemporary twist.

Full ms available after Bologna.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

Milton the Mighty by Emma Read

When little spider Milton discovers he’s been branded deadly on social media – and is targeted by pest-killers BugKILL – he fears for his life and the future of his species. He must clear his name, but is he mighty enough to achieve the impossible: convincing humankind?

The first book in a fresh, funny new series for children aged seven plus, written by a fantastic debut talent.

Full ms available after Bologna.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, Germany, USA

Princess BMX by Marie Basting

A funny debut adventure from a fantastic new voice for readers aged 7+.

Follows a pampered but rebellious Princess as she travels from another world, finds her true talents in BMX and brings her brand new powers back home.br>
Full ms available after Bologna.
World rights available.
Rights optioned: Canada, Germany, USA