W&N buys Pygmalion inspiration

<p>The story of the young girl who is believed to have inspired the play &ldquo;Pygmalion&rdquo; has been snapped up by Weidenfeld &amp; Nicolson following the London Book Fair. </p><p>Weidenfeld&rsquo;s Kirsty Dunseath paid a five-figure sum for UK and Commonwealth rights to <em>How To Create The Perfect Wife</em> by bestselling author Wendy Moore&mdash;<a href="../news/116437-agents-reveal-more-hot-books-for-lbf-2010.html" target="_blank">one of the &ldquo;hot&rdquo; titles highlighted by <em>The Bookseller </em>in its LBF previews</a>&mdash;from Patrick Walsh of Conville &amp; Walsh. The book will be published in spring 2012. </p><p>Walsh said: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing that Wendy likes more than an old archive and once again she has struck gold among all the dust and dead moths.&rdquo;</p><p>The book tells the story of Thomas Day,&nbsp; who in 1769 embarked on an &ldquo;extraordinary social experiment&rdquo;, educating two orphan girls with the aim of turning one of them into the perfect wife. <br />He intended to marry the most successful candidate, but his experiment failed, as one resisted his attempts at education and the other rebelled against his &ldquo;bizarre&rdquo; regime. </p><p>Dunseath said: &ldquo;Wendy is a terrific storyteller and she has hit on yet another captivating subject in Thomas Day and his attempt to create the perfect wife. She has a true talent for making history come alive.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p>