Penguin Michael Joseph tempts Trigiani from S&S UK

Penguin Michael Joseph tempts Trigiani from S&S UK

Adriana Trigiani has moved from Simon & Schuster UK to Penguin Michael Joseph. 

Editorial Director Clio Cornish acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two novels by Trigiani from Eugenie Furniss at 42. In America, Trigiani has moved from HarperCollins to Dutton, Penguin Random House.  

This joint Penguin Random House relaunch marks a new chapter for Trigiani, who has been a Richard & Judy Book Club pick twice. The first book in the deal, The Good Left Undone, is Trigiani’s 20th title.

The blurb reads: “The story introduces proud matriarch Matelda Cabrelli, facing the end of her life and worrying that she has failed to tell her family the stories that matter: most of all, the tale of her mother Domenica’s two great loves. First, her childhood sweetheart: a boy from her own small coastal town of Viareggio. Second, a mysterious Captain: an infatuation forged in the midst of the Second World War, and the father Matelda never knew. Now, it falls to Matelda to tell Domenica’s story. And for the Cabrelli women to unpack the mysteries, passions and tragedies that sent Domenica away from Italy—then brought her home again.” 

The Good Left Undone will be published in the UK and US in April 2022. Penguin Michael Joseph will publish in hardback, e-book and audio, backed by “an unmissable marketing and publicity campaign to reintroduce Trigiani to the trade and to readers old and new”.

Trigiani said: “I am thrilled to be published by the great Clio Cornish and the brilliant team at Penguin Michael Joseph. I love my UK readers and have missed being with you in person. You have not been far from my thoughts, and you will soon understand why—I can’t wait for you to read The Good Left Undone.” 

Cornish said: “Adriana is loved the world over for her immersive, sun-soaked novels, and The Good Left Undone showcases all she does best: lush settings, big families and epic storytelling on an intimate scale. Served with Adriana’s signature warmth, this unputdownable novel is the first step in an exciting new journey together, with big ambitions both here and in the US. I’m so excited to be welcoming Adriana to Penguin Michael Joseph.” 

Trigiani has been published in 38 languages around the world. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer, producer and filmmaker. The author also has a Facebook Book Club of her own, launched in 2018, which attracts more than 400,000 readers and has hosted authors such as Maggie O’Farrell and Taylor Jenkins Reid. She grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, where she co-founded the Origin Project, an in-school, year-round writing programme that serves more than 2,500 students.