A Deniable Death to be adapted for television and Reissue News

Hodder books released the following press release today confirming the publication in August of the new novel The Corporal’s Wife. There is also news of the acquisition of the backlist of twenty-five novels from the previous publisher Transworld. The new editions will be in the larger ‘B format’ paperback and Kindle fans can rejoice that they will be available as e-books.

However, look to the bottom of the press release for the surprise news (to me anyway) that A Deniable Death is to be adapted for television by ITV. I do agree that if a recent Seymour novel was to be adapted then it should be this one as the story was outstanding.

Press Release

Hodder and Stoughton announce a big year for Gerald Seymour.

Hodder and Stoughton see 2013 as a landmark year in the career of leading British thriller writer Gerald Seymour and their association with him.

In April, they will publish the mass-market paperback edition of his highly acclaimed novel THE OUTSIDERS, followed in August by a new thriller, THE CORPORAL’S WIFE, an intensely suspenseful and topical story set largely in Iran, acquired by Nick Sayers from Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown.

In addition, Hodder have acquired the rights to the backlist of twenty-five novels from Transworld. The programme of their publication will be directed by Assistant Editor Laura Macdougall.

Nick Sayers said: ‘I have worked with Gerald over many years and I am delighted that we now have all of his novels together in one place. Surely no other thriller writer could boast such a tremendous backlist of such consistently high quality, and what really excites me is that his new novel, THE CORPORAL’S WIFE, which we are publishing in August, is as good as any that he has written. He’s a phenomenon!’

Laura Macdougall said: ‘Gerald Seymour is consistently acknowledged as one of the best thriller writers of our times and is also a wonderful author to work with; I’m really excited to announce our forthcoming publishing programme. Starting on 6th June 2013 with HARRY’S GAME, the ground-breaking thriller set in Belfast at the height of the Troubles, Hodder will publish the titles in B format paperback with stunning new covers and will also make the books available in digital format for the first time.’

Hodder will publish in BCN, including Canada and with exclusive rights in Europe.

In further good news, Curtis Brown have announced the sale of Seymour’s A DENIABLE DEATH – a Sunday Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback for Hodder in 2011/12 – to ITV for production as a major television serial.

Inquiries to: Kerry Hood at Hodder and Stoughton on 020 7873 6173 or Kerry.hood [at] hodder.co.uk

More Reissues Listed

According to Amazon UK the following five Gerald Seymour books will be reissued by Hodder paperbacks on 21 November 2013.

A Song in the Morning
The Journeyman Tailor
Killing Ground
Holding the Zero

This is in addition to the five books already listed for the reissue treatment earlier in the year.

Title and cover image of next book The Corporal’s Wife

A visit to Amazon UK tonight yielded the title and cover image of the next Gerald Seymour novel. The book is currently titled The Corporal’s Wife and the cover image can be seen below.


No blurb yet but the cover features the following “tag line”:

He will tell MI6 the secrets of Iran. If they can get his wife out. And that’s impossible.

Interesting. I am immediately reminded of The Contract.

The publication of the book is still set for August. That’s a good long way away so don’t be surprised if the cover and title change in the meantime.

The cover image itself is interesting as it harks back to the “character” covers that Transworld used from The Untouchable onwards.

2013 Publication Schedule

I thought it might be worth looking at Amazon to see what 2013 has in store for us.

First of all the reissues appear to have been moved back. Harry’s Game is now due out on 20 June 2013.

The remaining four reissues follow on 1 August 2013, namely The Unknown Soldier, The Waiting Time, Condition Black and The Fighting Man.

Last year’s new novel, The Outsiders, gets a paperback on 29 August 2013.     

A new “Untitled Thriller” by Gerald Seymour is listed for publication on 15 August 2013 in hardback. By my count it will be the thirtieth!

Finally the 2008 novel Timebomb will get published in the USA on 30 July 2013.

All this is of course subject to change but it gives us a good idea of what to expect.

Final six novels added, and reissue news

I’ve added the final six novel pages to the WordPress platform. Phew.

Holding the Zero

The Untouchable

Traitor’s Kiss

The Unknown Soldier

Rat Run

The Walking Dead

A quick look at Amazon.co.uk tells me that Hodder Paperbacks are reissuing five Gerald Seymour titles on 23 May 2013.

The five titles are Harry’s Game, The Unknown Soldier, The Fighting Man, Condition Black and The Waiting Time.

There are no cover images yet but hopefully they will match the other Hodder books.

New look site!

Lately I’ve been moving the Gerald Seymour site over to a WordPress platform and gradually putting the page content and images onto the new pages. As time goes on I’ll move all content over.

Today I’ve also scanned in seven of the “black” Fontana covers from the late 1980s and I’ve added those covers to the appropriate pages.

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