Virgin Books, an imprint of Ebury at Penguin Random House UK, has acquired two colouring books from illustrator Johanna Basford.
Madeline McIntosh, president of the Penguin Publishing Group, acquired world rights from Ed Victor of Ed Victor Ltd in a co-publishing deal with Jake Lingwood at Ebury Publishing. Virgin Books editor Elen Jones will be the editor in the UK.
The first book, LOST OCEAN: An Underwater Adventure & Colouring Book, will publish on the 27th October 2015.
Basford is also the creator of Secret Garden, a colouring book that is published in 28 foreign editions, and its follow-up Enchanted Forest, both published by Laurence King.
“To say we’re honoured to bring Johanna to the Virgin Books list is an understatement,” says Elen Jones. “Her singular vision has brought new life to the colouring book world, and we’re delighted to collaborate with her, providing both fans and new ‘colour-inners’ with even more gorgeous and intricate books.”