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Penguin acquires title on Taj hotel siege
25.06.12 | Charlotte Williams
Penguin UK, US and India have together acquired a narrative non-fiction account of the terrorist siege which took place at Mumbai's Taj hotel in November 2008.
Viking editorial director Joel Rickett bought world rights from David Godwin at David Godwin Associates, with Chiki Sarkar at Penguin India and Emily Murdock Baker at Penguin USA also working on the project.
The title, The Burning Tower by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, will be published globally in November 2013, the fifth anniversary of the attack. The siege on the hotel took place between 26th November and 29th November 2008, and left 31 people dead. The book will feature the stories of real characters, including waiters, chefs, captains of industry, celebrities, tourists, policemen, and the Pakistani terrorists, and will reveal how the assault came about and was eventually ended.
Rickett said: "We are thrilled to bring Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy to Penguin around the world for what will be their breakout book. They are such renowned writers because they uncover a jaw-dropping level of fresh detail and write forensic, gripping narrative. The Burning Tower will put readers right inside the Taj during those terrifying three days, and make us all question what we would have done."