The Friday Project has acquired Never Goodnight, a graphic novel by Swedish comic creator Coco Moodysson.
Publisher Scott Pack bought the book in a deal for World English language rights with Laura West at David Higham Associates.
Never Goodnight is about three girls in Stockholm in 1982 who embark on a mission to form a successful punk band.
The story was adapted into the film “We are the Best!”, directed by Lukas Moodysson, which was screened at the Toronto Film Festival and has since been released in Sweden, America and the UK.
Pack said: “I am not Swedish, nor was I a teenage girl in the 80s and I never tried to form a punk band—but none of that matters a jot because Coco manages to capture what it is like to be young and restless so convincingly, but always with her own unique style. Like many others, I loved the movie adaptation and cannot wait to bring the original book to an English-speaking audience."
The Friday Project will publish Never Goodnight in May 2015.