Pan Macmillan has won Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s “fiercely intelligent” God: An Anatomy after an eight-way auction.
It acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit to the author’s first “non-academic” book, which will be published in 2019.
Stavrakopoulou, professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient religion at the University of Exeter, presented the BBC2 documentary series “The Bible’s Buried Secrets”. She is currently working on a project with the BBC about archaeology and the ancient world.
Her book will explore where the idea of the Judeo-Christian God came from, the places and artefacts that shaped Western thought, and ancient religions and societies of the Biblical world.
Georgina Morley, editorial director, non-fiction, called it “fiercely intelligent and academically rigorous, but also utterly gripping”.
Stavrakopoulou said: “This will be a book about the little-known and scandalous origins of the religious ideas that still shape us today—whether we like it or not. I can’t wait to see readers’ reactions.” Rights have also been sold in Germany (to Piper) after an eight-way auction.