H&S buys fantasy trilogy

<p>Hodder &amp; Stoughton has acquired a magical fantasy trilogy by debut novelist James Treadwell.<br /><br />The story features 15-year-old Gavin Stokes who keeps seeing mysterious or magical things, and who is sent to stay with his aunt in Cornwall.<br /><br />Publishing director Carolyn Mays pre-empted world rights in the trilogy from Will Francis of Janklow &amp; Nesbit. She said: &quot;I picked this up in the evening to look at the first page and couldn&#39;t put it down until I&#39;d finished it the next morning. It&#39;s absolutely magical.&quot;<br /><br />Hodder will publish the first book of the adult/YA crossover series in hardcover in February 2012, with the second and third novels in the trilogy to follow at 18-month intervals.&nbsp;</p>