HC to bring Bugsy Malone back into print

HarperCollins Children's Books has bought world rights to the original Bugsy Malone book, which was later adapted into the much loved musical.

Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh bought rights to the novel and graphic novel directly from the author Sir Alan Parker, who later adapted his own title for the screen. The book will be available from Sunday (6th November), when the BFI will screen the movie and host a Q&A with the director and cast. It features an author's note about the making of the movie and a foreword from the author Lauren Child.

Murtagh said: "Bugsy Malone is one of my all time favourite movies – so it was enormously exciting to discover that Sir Alan Parker had in fact written an original novel of the story whilst he was working on the film.  As soon as I read the book, I realised that it was an absolute classic – the lines read as beautifully on the page as the play on the screen. It is very deserving of its place on our Essential Modern Classics list and I am sure will go on to enthral generations of children as the movie has done before it."

The novel will feature on HarperCollins' Essential Moderns Classics list alongside the likes of The Hobbit, Mary Poppins and The Sword in the Stone.