John Grisham has switched publisher from Cornerstone to Hodder & Stoughton, the publisher of his books aimed at younger readers.
The first book in the two-book deal will be published in October. Hodder publisher Oliver Johnson, who worked with Grisham during his time at Cornerstone, bought British Commonwealth rights to the books through David Gernert.
Johnson said: "It has been a massive privilege to be entrusted with publishing John’s first work for a younger generation—now it is the greatest honour to be given the chance to continue our 20-year publishing journey with the adult books and welcome John to Hodder with its fantastic publishing team and wonderful array of talented authors."
Susan Sandon, Cornerstone managing director, said: “We are extremely proud to have been John Grisham's publisher for over 20 years and to have achieved record sales for The Confession last autumn. We are of course very sorry to see him moving to join the publisher of his young adult books and whilst it is impossible not to be saddened by this news, everyone who has worked with John over the years wishes him the very best for the future.
"We look forward to publishing the paperback of The Confession this summer and to continuing to publish John's extensive backlist in both physical and digital editions with the same flair and expertise that drove increased sales in all of his markets.”
Last year, Hodder published Theodore Boone, Grisham's first "family" novel. A second, Theodore Boone and the Abduction, will be published in June. Two further books in the series are planned.