Hodder & Stoughton has bought six Roman historical fiction books by Anthony Riches in a six-figure deal.
Carolyn Caughey at Hodder & Stoughton bought world English language rights to the books from Robin Wade at Wade Co.
Three of the six books will be a continuation of Riches’ Empire series, published by Hodder, which follows the adventures of Centurion Marcus Aquila and his Tungrian cohort against the turbulent backdrop of the late 2nd century. In addition Riches will write a three-novel retelling of the Batavian uprising of AD69-70, an event that shook the Roman Empire’s foundations and had profound implications for the way in which it was to deal with its subjugated territories in the years that followed.
Caughey said: “We’re really thrilled to be continuing Anthony’s wonderfully evocative Empire series, and at the same time to be able to delve into a completely fresh and unexplored episode in Roman history. His fans will just love this.”
Riches said: “I’ve really enjoyed working with Hodder and all the wonderful booksellers who have been so supportive. I can’t wait to get stuck in to these new titles.”