Century snaps up C C Humphreys

Century snaps up C C Humphreys

Century and Arrow has acquired two historical novels by C C Humphreys, both set in London during the reign of Charles II, with the author moving from Orion.

Publisher Selina Walker [pictured] has bought British Commonwealth rights, including Canada, in the titles, in a deal brokered by Simon Trewin at William Morris Endeavor, and plans to publish the first novel, Plague, in 2014. Kristin Cochrane will publish both novels at Doubleday Canada.

Plague, and the second book, Fire, follow the adventures of four characters—a highwayman, a thief-taker, a murderer and an actress—as they struggle to survive the two years, 1665 and 1666, when the bubonic plague and then the Great Fire of London swept the city.

Walker said: "These are high-concept, epic thrillers set against a backdrop many of us will be familiar with. They will totally play to C C Humphreys' strengths as a creator of dramatic stories and unforgettable characters."

Humphreys' novel Shakespeare's Rebel is published next spring by Orion.