Headline has signed The Letter, a debut novel by Kathryn Hughes which hit number one on the Amazon Kindle chart as a self-published e-book.
The Letter, which tells the story of two women whose lives become entwined when one discovers a letter that was written in 1939 but never sent, was originally published via Matador. It spent over 130 days in the Kindle top 100 and has garnered almost 2,000 Kindle reader reviews.
Associate publisher Sherise Hobbs bought world rights, including film and TV rights, in two novels by Hughes from Anne Williams at Kate Hordern Literary Agency. Headline plans to take over the e-book edition and publish the novel as a paperback original in May 2015. Hughes’ second novel will follow in 2016.
Hobbs said: “The Letter is a powerful novel of ordinary people who overcome extraordinary heartache. It has already found an impressive fan base on-line – the reader reviews speak for themselves – and we couldn’t be more thrilled about sharing Kathryn’s novel with an even wider audience.”