The screen rights for forthcoming HarperCollins thriller The Nowhere Child by Christian White have been snapped up by Australian production company Carver Films and US-based production company Anonymous Content.
Published by Australian publisher Affirm Press on 26 June, The Nowhere Child tells the story of a kidnapped child and according to the publisher, has broken the record for the fastest-selling Australian debut novel ever, with over 25,000 sales in its first eight weeks. The novel also won Australia’s Victorian Premier’s Award, awarded to an unpublished manuscript. Previous winners include Jane Harper’s The Dry (Abacus) and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (Penguin).
In the coming months the novel will be published in a further 15 countries and translated into 11 languages, with HarperCollins publishing in the UK in March 2019.
A spokesperson for Carver Films described the novel as "an enthralling, combustible tale of identity and buried secrets".
White will be involved in developing The Nowhere Child with Carver’s Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, and Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett and Steve Golin.
The deal was brokered by Jennifer Naughton and Candice Thom of RGM Artists in Sydney.
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