Quercus signs more Boyd, Geras, Ironside

Quercus signs more Boyd, Geras, Ironside

Quercus has signed a new two-book contract with Hilary Boyd [pictured], whose debut novel Thursdays in the Park topped the Kindle chart and was hailed as the first in a new “gran-lit” genre.

Jane Wood at Quercus bought world English language rights to two new novels from Laura Morris, with the first book, A Most Desirable Marriage, slated for release in summer 2014.

Actor Charles Dance has bought film rights to Thursdays in the Park, which he plans to write, direct, and star in through his production company Tavistock Dance Films.

Wood has also signed two new books from Adèle Geras, a novelist who has written for adults and children. Quercus has signed the backlist of four of Geras’ adult novels, including Facing the Light which Wood published at Orion. Her first new novel, Cover Your Eyes, is a romantic supernatural suspense story, set for publication in 2014. UK and Commonwealth rights were signed from Jane Gregory.

Quercus will also publish two novels from agony aunt and columnist Virginia Ironside, following a deal for UK and Commonwealth rights with Clare Alexander. The first book, due to be published next year will be called Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You!, a novel told in diary form charting the adventures of Marie Sharp, a woman who refuses to grow old gracefully. It is the sequel to No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses, also published by Quercus.