Pan Macmillan has acquired a book about how the forces of Christianity destroyed the texts of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
The Darkening Age, by historian and journalist Catherine Nixey, will tell the story of how all over the ancient Roman world books were burnt, temples were thrown down and pagan priests were killed or exiled.
Georgina Morley, editorial director of non-fiction at Macmillan, acquired the world rights from Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh. She said Nixey’s proposal was “one of the most exciting” she had seen in years.
Macmillan will publish in 2017, with format and price to be decided, and has already sold rights to Hollands Diep in the Netherlands. US rights have been pre-empted by Alexander Littlefield at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Nixey studied Classics at Cambridge and worked as a teacher for several years. She is now a journalist on the arts desk at the Times. The Darkening Age is her first book.