Andersen Press have announced acquisition of the next young adult novel from Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize-winning author, Alex Wheatle, whose Crongton sequence is published by Little Brown.
The new title is called CANE WARRIORS and is described as “a heart-thumping, visceral historical novel about the real-life slave uprising against British plantation owners in Jamaica known as Tacky’s War in 1760.”
The book will be published in hardback October 2020 with proof copies going out imminently.
2020 looks set to be a big year for Wheatle. Not only has Steve McQueen based one episode in his 6 part SMALL AXE series for BBC on Alex’s life (to be aired Autumn 2020 on BBC ONE), Noel Clarke of Unstoppable Films is adapting the Crongton series into a TV series whilst the theatre adaptation of Crongton Knights is currently playing to packed houses and receiving phenomenal reviews for its major UK tour.
Alex Wheatle has said of the book and deal, “I would like my children’s children to learn about the mighty Cane Warriors just as they read about Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc and Queen Elizabeth I repelling the Spanish Armada. I want to bring their untold story to the world so they will be recognised as freedom fighters and the heroes that they without question are. It’s been a pleasure to be acquisitioned and published by Andersen Press, they have given their full support and backing for my vision of Cane Warriors. Together, we will present the Cane Warriors legend to the reading public where I hope they will be entertained and moved by this compelling story based on real historical events.”
Chloe Sackur, Commissioning Editor for fiction at Andersen Press bought UK and commonwealth rights from Laura Susijn, of The Susijn Agency for Cane Warriors and a second historical novel from Alex, which is currently in the works.
Andersen Press will work with the award-winning PR agency EDPR on a wide ranging, high-profile national media campaign.