Trapeze has scooped the first official book for triple BAFTA-winning comedy "This Country" in a six-way auction, promising to reveal “the real s*** that goes down Kerry and Kurtan’s village”.
“This Country”, written by and starring siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, has proved a huge hit, racking up a dedicated fanbase, over 15 million views on iPlayer, critical acclaim and BAFTA awards for Best Comedy Writer, Best Scripted Comedy and Best Female Performance in a Comedy.
In keeping with the hit show’s mockumentary style, the “brilliantly observed” book This is This Country sees main characters Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe guest edit the local parish newsletter. It will feature ‘Kerry's Village Tw*t List’, the vicar’s poetry, the Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen files, Mandy’s correspondence to her adopted dog Digby and Kerry’s Neighbourhood Watch diary.
World rights were acquired by publisher Anna Valentine from Ben Dunn at Dunn Literary. The book will be published in October.
The siblings are also launching their own @KerryAndKurtan Twitter account today, as part of a media campaign for the book.
Valentine said: “‘This Country’ is one of the best comedies of our generation and is set to become the show that everyone is talking about. I’m incredibly excited to be working with Daisy and Charlie on the first official book and I know that readers will have as much fun reading it as I have editing it.”
Kerry and Kurtan added: “After finishing our first book we’d like to take a moment to thank Windows spell check and a big “f*** you” to our old English teacher Mrs Fletcher. No, we don't need to know how to spell to write a book, you coffee breathed dragon. Cheers, Kerry and Kurtan.”
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