Canongate has bought world rights to Ten Days, a thriller by author, memoirist and playwright Gillian Slovo.
Canongate's editorial director of fiction, Louisa Joyner, bought world rights from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander. Canongate will publish the book in hardback in March 2016 and in e-book in 10 digital instalments over the 10 days running up to publication.
Ten Days is a novel about political expediency and personal disenfranchisement told through the shifting perspectives of three main characters - the newly appointed Police Chief, the Home Secretary, and Cathy Mason, a resident on an estate due to be demolished – as the worlds they inhabit collide over 10 days they will never forget. The book was inspired by Slovo’s research for her play The Riots, about the 2011 riots in England following the death of Mark Duggan.
Joyner said: “I still remember my first reading of Ten Days, I was utterly compelled by this powerful and unputdownable novel. It’s rare for something to be so brilliantly paced but also to be so important. We all want books that make us think whilst simultaneously managing to be consistently entertaining and I’m incredibly proud to be publishing this novel – Ten Days makes that rare accomplishment feel absolutely natural.”
TV rights have already been acquired by New Pictures, whose recent shows include “Indian Summers” and “The Missing”.
South African-born Slovo is a playwright and the author of 13 books, including five crime novels and the Orange Prize-shortlisted 2004 novel Ice Road (Virago). She was president of English PEN from 2010 to 2013 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London.
Canongate plans a strong social media presence and media campaign around the publication of the book.