C J Tudor has signed a deal for three further thrillers with Penguin Michael Joseph (PMJ).
The deal for UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, was agreed between publisher Maxine Hitchcock and Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Agency.
First title in the new contract, The Drift, will be published in January 2023 and is described by Hitchcock as Tudor’s “most ambitious and creepy yet”. PMJ said: “Comprising three seemingly unconnected stories, and three disparate groups of mysterious characters, against a backdrop of a fierce snowstorm, this is a thriller which gives your brain a workout at the same time as getting your heart thumping.”
Hitchcock added: “It establishes [Tudor] as an author of supreme skill and originality, doing something truly different within the thriller world, and one whom readers just can’t get enough of.”
Tudor says: "I’m absolutely over the moon that I get to write not one, not two but three new books for Penguin Michael Joseph. I’m incredibly lucky to work with such a brilliant and inspirational team. They’ve thrown all their support behind me from day one, and I wouldn’t want to be on this journey with anyone else."
Milburn says: “Penguin Michael Joseph’s vision and strategy for C J has been wonderful to witness, and it’s brilliant to see their continued investment and passion for C J and her hypnotic, twisty novels.”
Tudor’s most recent novel, The Burning Girls (PMJ), is published in paperback today (16th September) and has been selected for Richard and Judy’s autumn Book Club. TV rights have been acquired by Buccaneer Media with Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of "The Bridge" and "Marcella", as scriptwriter. Her debut novel, The Chalk Man (PMJ), has been bought by BBC Studios for screen adaptation.
The marketing campaign for The Burning Girls includes a wide-reaching campaign with creative assets across Sky on Demand, advertising on the Daily Mail books pages—including a takeover during its Richard and Judy focus week—and a social campaign across Facebook and Instagram.