Gollancz, the Science-Fiction and Fantasy imprint of Orion, can today announce the World rights acquisition of three linked fairy tale novellas, with a twist, from the pen of the talented Sarah Pinborough. Agent Veronique Baxter of the David Higham Associates did the deal with Gillian Redfearn, Editorial Director of Gollancz.
Each of the 40,000 word novellas will be published in separate editions, most likely as illustrated hardbacks, in 2013, and each of them contains a sexy retelling of a traditional tale. The stories are cunningly interwoven, fresh and smart, and designed to breathe a dark and compelling new life into the fairy tale world. Delving into the psychology and true motives of some beloved characters – and doing so at a very timely moment – this is a fun, intriguing and sometimes surprising trio.
Sarah Pinborough commented: ‘I’m really excited to be able to go back to some of the oldest and most well-loved stories in the world and re-dress them in new deliciously dark colours. I’m hoping to make the reader smile and shiver in equal measure.’
‘Gollancz has never published novellas before, so for us to take the plunge required a really special project, which Sarah has provided. Her outlines for these stories are fabulous – familiar and challenging, dark and mischievous. These will be such fun to publish, and I think they’re going to put a big smile on readers’ faces,’ Gillian Redfearn said, about this new project.
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