Transworld Publishers have pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights to Jack Ewing's account of the Volkswagen emissions-fixing scandal.
Ewing is the European business and economics correspondent for the New York Times, based in Frankfurt, and has been covering the story since it broke in September.
Henry Vines, commissioning editor at Transworld, acquired the rights in the as-yet-untitled book from Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates on behalf of Marly Rusoff & Associates.
“I am thrilled to be working with Jack on this project,” said Vines. “This will be an eye-opening, inside account of one of the biggest news stories of the year, and one of the most significant corporate scandals of our time.”
The deal follows the announcement that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, has optioned films rights to the project, in partnership with Paramount Pictures.
US rights have sold to Norton, with further deals expected to be announced shortly.
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