The Film and TV rights department is headed up by Jonathan Sissons. We sell film and television rights around the globe, for all our clients, across a wide variety of genres.
Prior to joining the company Jonathan was Rights Director at Cornerstone, and brings with him over 20 years experience selling rights at Random House.
Please see below for our featured titles this month. These titles are available in principle.
Dark Echo is an unlucky boat.
Despite this knowledge, Martin Stannard falls under her spell and prepares to sail her across the Atlantic with his father. But his lover Suzanne is uneasy and begins exploring the yacht’s past.
What she finds is terrifying. Dark Echo isn’t just unlucky, it’s evil. It was built for Harry Spalding, a soldier and sorcerer who committed suicide yet still casts his inexplicable spell nearly a century after his death.
Suzanne must uncover his last, terrible secret before Dark Echo destroys the man she loves…
DEATH TREADS SOFTLY
This wonderful thriller is set in the haunting and picturesque Isle of Man. Finlo Crennell, ex-harbourmaster of Castletown, has been missing for a week before he is found by the police wandering in London, suffering from loss memory. He is escorted back to the Island by Chief Inspector Littlejohn, of Scotland Yard, but he is unable to throw any light on how he came to be in London or what he has been doing. Within twenty-four hours, Crennell is found murdered—shot through the head. Littlejohn is called in to investigate not only Crennell’s murder, but also that of Charles Cribbin, a bankrupt farmer, whose body is found in a desolate ruined house on the moors.
One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River.
It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated.
When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St Joseph’s Orphanage.
But the Catholic diocese still wields considerable power here, and the Garda are under pressure to close the case. Katie has to work alone if she is to catch the killer in time – but first she must shatter a wall of silence that for decades has hidden a terrible secret.
A secret that is beyond belief…
LOOK AFTER ME
Phoebe is a girl who has her problems: like schoolwork, separated parents, and her three brothers who range from insanely bossy to psychotically destructive. But even she is unprepared for her long-lost foster sister turning up with a brand new baby in the garden shed, then promptly disappearing again, leaving her daughter behind.
Phoebe’s brother Adam insists they look after the baby themselves, secretly, in the shed. But neither Phoebe and Adam, nor their little brothers, nor the handsome boy next door realize yet how challenging parenthood can be…
Look After Me is a touching and insightful story by debut author Aoife Walsh that will appeal to children and adults alike.
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MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL by Errol John
Esther – if yer have yer head screw on right – No matter where yer go – One night – some time – Yer reach up – yer touch that moon.
For the teeming populace of Old Mack’s cacophonous yard in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, it’s a cheek by jowl existence lived out on a sweltering public stage. Snatches of calypso compete with hymn tunes, drums and street cries as neighbours drink, brawl, pass judgment, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England.
Set as returning troops from the Second World War fill the town with their raucous celebrations, Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl depicts a vibrant, cosmopolitan world that is as harsh as it is filled with colour and warmth.
Talawa Theatre Company will revive artistic director Michael Buffong’s 2012 National Theatre production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl as part of its new 2013/2014 season. Performances commence in February 2014.
THE LION, THE UNICORN AND ME by Jeanette Winterson
In this beautiful retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, the humble donkey is chosen above all other animals to carry Mary to Bethlehem. As his journey unfolds, he is touched by th magic and mystery of the Nativity… With sparkles of originality, humour and warmth, the Christmas story is reborn.
The book is currently being adapted into an opera by Washington National Opera, and is due to premiere at the Glimmerglass Festival in December 2013.
CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN by Hilaire Belloc
Hilaire Belloc’s misbehaving children suffer all manner of grisly ends in these cautionary tales that poke fun at the idea of improving children’s morals through verse stories. Once heard, who can forget ‘Henry King, Who chewed bits of String’ or the unfortunate lies of Matilda? The wicked humour ensures that they will remain favourites throughout the generations.
Cautionary Tales for Children was recently adapted for the stage by Arena Theatre Company, Australia in 2012.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E. M. Forster
Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Her eyes are opened by the unconventional characters she meets at the Pension Bertolini: flamboyant romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, curious Mr Emerson and, most of all, his passionate son George.
Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Edwardian England, personified in her terminally dull fiancé Cecil Vyse. Will she ever learn to follow her own heart?
Roger Parsley and Andy Graham’s adaptation of Forster’s classic novel was staged most recently at the Jericho Arts Center, Vancouver in 2012.
THE CONE-GATHERERS by Robin Jenkins
In the shadow of a war that rages through Europe, brothers Calum and Neil work to gather pine cones in the grounds of a Scottish estate. When Calum releases two mutilated rabbits from a snare, he comes face to face with Duror, the gamekeeper. In retaliation, in the depths of the wood, Duror lays a trap for the cone-gatherers. Under a bright blue sky, Neil prophesises that forces of evil will encroach upon the harmony of their lives. It is a prophecy that comes true when Duror commits an act so brutal it destroys all sense of humanity in the once thriving wood. Powerful and unforgettable, The Cone-Gatherers is a novel about the good and the bad in human nature – and of our propensity for both.
The novel was adapted for the stage by Peter Arnott, and staged by Aberdeen Performing Arts in 2012