Headline has acquired six novels by bestselling historian Alison Weir.
Publishing director Mari Evans bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the books from Julian Alexander at Lucas Alexander Whitley.
Weir’s non-fiction publishing will continue with Penguin Random House’s Jonathan Cape.
The series of novels for Headline will feature, in turn, each of the wives of Henry VIII.
Weir will “write six novels that provide insight into the real lives of these women, based on extensive research and new theories, novels that will put the six wives into the context of their own age”.
Evans said: “I literally danced around the office in glee when I read Alison’s proposal for these novels and when I met Alison and realised what a powerhouse she is, I was even more determined to become the publisher of her fiction. This series will be a must-read for any fan of the Tudors…and beyond.”
Weir said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Headline. Their enthusiasm is dynamic, and their approach warm and professional. I am as excited as Mari about publishing these novels on Henry VIII’s wives, and seeing the fruits of my new research in print.”
The first novel will be published in 2016. Weir’s next non-fiction book with Jonathan Cape will be published in autumn 2015.