Pan Macmillan is adding a further twist to the erotica trend, acquiring a racy re-telling of Charlotte Bronte's classic, Jane Eyre.
Publishing director Wayne Brookes bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Vivienne Schuster and Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown in the debut novel, Jane Eyre Laid Bare, by Eve Sinclair.
Macmillan will publish as an e-book in August 2012 with a mass-market paperback to follow "shortly afterwards".
The author described it as "an erotic version of my favourite classic", adding: "I think that readers through the ages have appreciated the smouldering sexual chemistry between Jane and Rochester and I have changed very little of Bronte's original to retell the timeless story of a young girl falling for an unattainable older man and getting out of her depth in a sensual world she cannot control."
Brookes said: "When I received the opening chapters of this novel I instantly knew it was something that Macmillan had to publish. The idea is genius; Jane Eyre Laid Bare is a fan fiction re-write of Charlotte Bronte's much-loved novel, giving the original an exciting and enticing erotic make-over.
"The original is full of sexual tension and Eve Sinclair has cleverly explored and exposed the sensual underbelly of a highly-regarded classic."