HarperCollins is to publish three books by historial crime novelist S J Parris.
Julia Wisdom, publisher for HarperFiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to two full-length historical crime novels and one novella from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.
Set in the late 16th century the novels will feature heretic, philosopher and spy, Giordano Bruno. The first novel will be published in 2019 and will see Giordano return to Italy – specifically Venice.
Wisdom said: "Ever since I read the first few pages of the very first Giordano Bruno novel, Heresy, I have been a huge fan. S.J. Parris is a wonderful writer who immediately immerses you in the turbulent 16th century and, in Giordano Bruno, she has created the perfect hero: charismatic, intelligent, brave, questioning… a man whose personal beliefs place him at odds with the times. The stories are wonderfully complex, colourful and pacy; the settings vivid and authentic. We all absolutely love these books and are tremendously excited to have two more in the series, and a substantial novella to come."
Geller added: "S.J. Parris hitting number one position in the bestseller list on her fifth in the series shows how her world has caught the imagination of the readers and how well HarperCollins has built this brilliant author."
Parris said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that Bruno is going to continue his adventures accompanied by the enthusiasm and expertise of the HarperCollins team, who have done such a fantastic job with the series so far. I'm looking forward to sharing his future stories with loyal and new readers alike."
Television rights to Parris' series of novels have been acquired by Urban Myth Films. The series will be called Heresy.
S.J. Parris is the pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt, who has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer, and reviews for Radio 4. Treachery was selected for World Book Night 2016 and the fifth book in the series Conspiracy is published by HarperCollins in hardback, £14.99.