Egmont acquires two Brooks titles

Egmont acquires two Brooks titles

Egmont has acquired two YA titles from Kevin Brooks, the winner of the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal, for a five-figure sum.

The first, an untitled YA thriller, will be published by Egmont under the Electric Monkey imprint in January 2016. A second book will follow in January 2017.

Sarah Hughes, Egmont’s fiction publishing director, bought the world rights from Eugenie Furniss at Furniss Lawton. Lucinda Prain at Casarotto will look after the film and TV rights.

Hughes said: “Kevin is an exceptionally gifted and internationally celebrated writer. Thought provoking and intelligent, he always delivers a cracking read.”

Brooks today (23rd June) won the Carnegie medal for The Bunker Diary (Puffin), about a boy taken as a prisoner. Helen Thompson, chair of the judging panel, said Brooks had created a “compelling narrative, believable characters and writing of outstanding literary merit”.