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Gollancz acquires Hunger Games parody
09.05.12 | Charlotte Williams
Gollancz has acquired a parody of the dystopian YA series The Hunger Games, buying rights in previously self-published The Hunger but Mainly Death Games by John Bailey Owen and Aaron Geary.
Editor Marcus Gipps bought world English and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and America, for a "good four-figure sum" through Susan Schulman at Susan Schulman Literary Agency. The book has sold over 25,000 copies in the US across e-book and physical formats, according to Gollancz. The publisher will release it as an e-book priced £4.99 on 10th May, and as a £7.99 b-format hardback in mid-June.
Gipps said: "As soon as John sent me the details of The Hunger But Mainly Death Games I knew that there was a huge potential for the book. His success in America, combined with Gollancz’s proven track record in parody publishing, made us all very excited to be bringing the project over.
"This is the quickest that Gollancz have produced an e-book—on sale within three weeks of agreeing the offer—and the hardback will be following within five weeks."
The book features Bratniss Everclean, described as "a poor and somewhat foolish girl from Slum 12, and her adventures in the tournament of getting slightly hungry and probably dying".