Little, Brown imprint Abacus has acquired UK rights to Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared.
Independent Hesperus was ordered to stop selling or distributing the title in April after a High Court hearing brought by Hachette Book Group US, which owns world English language rights.
Abacus now becomes the book's publisher in the UK and Commonwealth, excluding Australia and New Zealand. The Abacus edition of The 100-Year-Old Man . . . is available now, and booksellers are advised to get in touch with Littlehampton Book Services to order copies.
Earlier this year The Bookseller revealed that Jonasson and Hachette Book Group US engaged lawyers to pursue royalty payments owed to the author by Hesperus Press in a dispute over royalties. Jonasson's agent Carina Brandt told The Bookseller the author had received a “small amount” of royalty money for the book, despite it becoming a runaway bestseller after its release. Hesperus and HBG have since initiated arbitration proceedings.
The 100-Year-Old Man . . . has recorded UK print sales of 554,509 copies via Nielsen BookScan and over 700,000 e-books have been sold since publication in July 2012.
Jonasson’s second novel, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, was published in the UK by Fourth Estate in 2014.
Earlier this year all four members of staff in the Hesperus London office resigned their posts, with company director Lana Hakouz also departing the company. Hesperus company director Shadi Sharbain has since told The Bookseller that the directors have appointed "a new team…to come and manage the situation: ensuring that the authors have first priority, seeking to settle the financial situation with creditors and to maintain our business and good will."