Hutchinson has acquired Daisy Jones and the Six, a "riveting and original" novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid [pictured] that has already been snapped up for a 13-episode limited series with Amazon Studios.
Jocasta Hamilton, publishing director at Hutchinson, did the deal with Julian Alexander at LAW on behalf of Theresa Park and Abigail Koons of the Park Literary & Media in a five-figure deal.
The novel has been pre-empted too for a co-production between Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine. Witherspoon said she "devoured this in a day, falling head over heels for Daisy".
The book, speculating on the reason for why the fictional 70s' rock band Daisy Jones & the Six split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium, on July 12, 1979, has been written as an oral history. According to Transworld, it captures the atmosphere of the time - the light, the clothes, the bars, the drugs and, crucially, the music - and is about "the timeless need to fight for the right for your voice to be heard".
Jenkins Reid is the author of five previous novels but Daisy Jones and the Six is the first to be published in the UK. Hutchinson will also publish her next novel. She is published by Ballantine in the US.
Hamilton said: "I could not stop reading this. It is utterly transporting – allowing the reader to drift down the sun-drenched streets of LA, carry on after the party has stopped and love like your life depends on it. Taylor Jenkins Reid has created a cast of completely believable characters which you can’t help investing in and rooting for."
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