Broadchurch: The Novel

Posted on: October 28, 2013

Little, Brown Book Group has bought World rights to a novel inspired by the
first series of 2013’s mega-hit ITV series Broadchurch.

Jade Chandler, Commissioning Editor for Sphere Fiction, has acquired World rights from Cathy King at Independent Talent, representing award-winning Broadchurch screenwriter Chris Chibnall. The project is endorsed fully by the production company, Kudos, a member of the Shine Group.

The novel will be co-written by Chris Chibnall and critically acclaimed psychological thriller author Erin Kelly, represented by Sarah Ballard/Zoe Ross at United Agents. As well as including previously unseen material, the novel will elaborate on the existing plot, delving deeper into the lives and backstories of the existing characters. The novel will be published in August 2014.

Chris Chibnall said, ‘The day after Broadchurch finished, a woman stopped me on West Bay beach and asked me “When’s the book coming out?”. Now I have an answer! Even better, we have one of Britain’s best psychological thriller authors at the helm. I’ve loved Erin’s work for a long time now: her writing is beautiful, emotive and suffused with tension. From the moment I first read her gorgeous insights into a world and characters I thought I knew well, I was hooked and desperate to read more.’

Erin Kelly said, ‘Like everyone else I know, I was gripped and moved by Broadchurch. I’m utterly thrilled to be writing the novel, not least because it gave me an excuse to watch the whole series again, multiple times. It’s testament to the writing, the performances and the photography that I was spellbound even when I knew the outcome. I can’t wait to delve even deeper into the hearts and thoughts of the characters and to bring the town to life on the page.’

Jade Chandler added, ‘As well as being a smash-hit when it comes to TV ratings, Broadchurch became a national talking point and has been in the headlines ever since. I am a huge fan of both the TV series, and of Erin’s beautifully crafted novels, so I’m delighted that we have the opportunity to translate this wonderful drama to the page.’

Broadchurch starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman and was a runaway success for Kudos and ITV in spring of this year, with viewing figures of 9 million and a second series commissioned before the first had finished airing. The drama, set in a small Dorset town, had a captivating whodunit appeal and took an emotionally charged look at how the death of a young boy affected each of the town’s residents. It became a major media talking point and has won praise and awards for its unforgettable combination of stylish writing, cinematography and its brilliant cast. On 24/10/13 the show was awarded four TV Daggers at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards. The series has been sold to 100 territories worldwide, including the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands and China.

US rights have been sold to Minotaur at St Martin’s Press. Editorial Director Kelley Ragland said, ‘Minotaur Books is thrilled to be publishing Erin Kelly and Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch novel; to be able to take part in bringing one of the most talked about, superior-quality TV crime dramas to a wider audience in the U.S. is very exciting.  We believe that what makes this character-driven, intense mystery such a joy to watch will translate beautifully to a reading experience, and we’re pleased to be working with such talented writers as Chris and Erin.’

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