Bloomsbury Reader signs new Poison Diary novel

Bloomsbury's digital-first imprint, Bloomsbury Reader, has signed world rights to Weed, a new novel in the Poison Diaries series written by the Duchess of Northumberland.

The books are inspired by the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland. Two previous titles, The Poison Diaries and The Poison Diaries: Nightshade, written by Jane Northumberland with Maryrose Wood, were released by HarperCollins Children's Books.

World rights were signed from brand agency DCD Publishing.

The books are set in 19th-century England, and follow the troubled antihero, Weed, on a gothic journey across the country from his home in Alnwick.

Jane Northumberland, who created the Poison Garden, has also written The Little Book of Poisons, Potions and Aphrodisiacs (The History Press). Weed will be co-written with Hugh Sington.

Weed will be released on 10th December 2013.