Mott signed by Mira

Mott signed by Mira

Harlequin's Mira imprint will be publishing The Returned, a high-concept literary debut novel by Jason Mott.

Erikia Imranyi in Harlequin's North American office acquired world rights in a two-book deal at auction, from Folio Literary Management's Michelle Brower.

Harlequin UK m.d. Mandy Ferguson said: "Mira is committed to publishing great books, great authors and guaranteed great reads and The Returned delivers all three. We're sure The Returned will be an acclaimed debut novel and an excellent introduction to Jason Mott's brilliant work for UK readers."

The publisher describes the book as "telling the story of a family caught in the centre of a worldwide event in which people's loved ones return from beyond the grave, the tale blends elements of genre fiction with a bold, literary voice and an emotional, character-driven story."

In the US, ABC has acquired the television rights in the novel, which will be made into a serialised drama by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B.