John Murray has acquired a book about “London’s year of hell” by Rebecca Rideal.
Editorial director Mark Richards bought UK and Commonwealth rights to 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire from Donald Winchester at Watson, Little.
The year 1666 saw the continuation of the Great Plague, and was also the year in which two major battles in the second Anglo-Dutch war took place.
The year’s climax was the Great Fire of London.
Rideal, a specialist factual television producer and writer, will “shine a light on these dramatic events to reveal an unprecedented period of terror and triumph”.
She will harness little used sources, original research and new findings to “provide a blow-by-blow account of London’s year from hell”.
Richards said: “I’m thrilled to be publishing Rebecca Rideal’s 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire. It’s a book that delivers even more excitement than its title promises, and brings a crucial year in British history to teeming, vivid life. Rebecca is a real star, and we are all looking forward immensely to publishing her.”
John Murray will publish in hardback in 2016.