HarperCollins inks Secret Garden tie-in

HarperCollins inks Secret Garden tie-in

HarperCollins Children’s Books (HCCB) will next year publish a series of books based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden to tie in with its upcoming film adaptation.

In spring 2020 the publisher will release a novelisation of the film, a sticker book, and a gift edition of the novel with illustrations and stills from the film. The adaptation is being produced by David Heyman of Heyday Films and StudioCanal, is written by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child co-writer Jack Thorne, and stars Julie Walters and Colin Firth. It is due to be released next spring.

Kate Burns, colour publisher at HCCB, bought world rights from Yann Le Prado, head of catalogue at StudioCanal. HCCB executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Studio Canal on the publishing for David Heyman’s inspired new interpretation... We will plan a sumptuous, beautifully produced programme to bring this enchanting story to a new audience."

The Secret Garden, first published in 1911, is about a girl called Mary who finds a hidden garden in the grounds of her uncle’s house. The new film moves the story to 1947, on the eve of partition in India.