Random House Children's Books US has bought the rights to Matt Haig’s upcoming Christmas book, A Boy Called Christmas, for a six-figure sum from Canongate.
Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children's Books in the US, said: “We are so happy to be publishing Matt Haig's delightful novel. It's witty, warm, and thoroughly entertaining. We knew from the very first few pages that A Boy Called Christmas is something special, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to readers in the United States."
Canongate has also sold the Canadian rights to HarperCollins Canada and said it had received offers from publishers in Holland and Germany.
In addition, Camilla Young and Nick Marston at Curtis Brown are hoping to finalise a film deal in the coming days—with interest from “half a dozen very established producers and various Hollywood studios”, said the publisher.
"We always knew Matt's book was something exceptional but we have all been taken aback by the speed and enthusiasm with which people around the world, both publishers and film makers, have also been smitten by A Boy Called Christmas. It's a wonderful affirmation of our belief that Matt has written a book that speaks to people of all ages and that it has the potential to become a major bestseller and modern classic," said c.e.o. Jamie Byng.
Canongate will publish A Boy Called Christmas, which is about the early life of Father Christmas, in November.