Myrmidon buys self-published historical novel

Myrmidon buys self-published historical novel

Myrmidon has acquired the rights to Queen of Bedlam, a self-published debut novel by Laura Purcell based on the life of Queen Charlotte, wife of "mad" King George III of England. It will be the first in a series of novels about the lives of royal women from the Georgian period.

Myrmidon acquired world rights in Queen of Bedlam directly from the author. Previously self-published, the novel has acquired interest from film makers.
 
Publisher Ed Handyside described the novel as “a heartbreaking story of lost love and a life dominated by duty”. He added: “Laura Purcell vividly brings to life the contrast of a private and loving marriage to the royal court acting like a prison to a woman terrified of her husband and his episodes of madness.”
 
Myrmidon has commissioned artist Larry Rostant for the cover artwork and will be supporting the launch with a PR campaign handled by agency FMCM. Queen of Bedlam will be published in paperback and e-book in June 2014.