Simon & Schuster has signed two new books from Lynda La Plante covering the early life of Jane Tennison.
Suzanne Baboneau, m.d of Simon & Schuster UK’s adult publishing division, acquired UK and commonwealth rights in a deal brokered by Nigel Stoneman, head of development at the new La Plante Global.
The two new novels will focus on the early life of Jane Tennison, a character that was brought to the screen with a critically acclaimed portrayal by Dame Helen Mirren. La Plante will adapt Tennison for the screen with transmission to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Prime Suspect in 2016.
Baboneau said: “I recall sitting with Lynda watching the rushes of the first 'Prime Suspect' all those years ago. To come full circle and find out what drove Jane Tennison to join the police force at 18, to see her involved in her first murder case, to witness her ambition and the complexities of her personal life, is truly exciting and we are delighted to be part of this brilliantly conceived new venture.”
La Plante added: “It is a very special project for me and it is wonderful to have such enthusiasm and support from my publisher not only in the UK but in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, I am very fortunate to be associated with them all.”
The two novels will be published by S&S in 2015 and 2016. This summer, S&S will publish La Plante’s new novel Twisted in hardcover and Wrongful Death in paperback, simultaneously backed by a high profile marketing and publicity campaign and culminating in La Plante’s special guest appearance at the Harrogate Crime Festival in July.