Headline has landed debut author Bolu Babalola’s retelling of love stories from mythology and history, celebrating "wildly beautiful and astonishingly diverse tales of romance and desire".
Katie Packer, assistant editor, acquired world rights from Hattie Grunewald at Blake Friedmann, while Juliet Pickering is on maternity leave. Love in Colour will be published in April 2020 in hardback.
Its synopsis says: “From magical Nigerian folktales, to homoromantic Greek myths, to the ancient stories of South Asia, Bolu brings new life to tales that truly show the vibrance and colours of love around the world. The anthology is a step towards decolonising tropes of love, and celebrates in the wildly beautiful and astonishingly diverse tales of romance and desire that already exist in various cultures and communities.”
Babalola writes scripts for TV and film, is a columnist for Dazed and, in 2016, was shortlisted in 4th Estate's B4ME competition for her short story “Netflix & Chill”.
She said: “It's a privilege and honour to be able to re-work these beautiful tales of romance and magic from around our world for our times. Love binds humanity, strengthens and propels and in re-telling and amplifying these stories I hope I can help shine light on how humanity - like love - comes in technicolour.”
Packer added: “I am so unbelievably excited that this spark of an idea has grown into a fully fledged book. There are so many incredible love stories out there, full of magic and mystery, and Bolu Babalola is the perfect person to breathe life back into them.”