William Heinemann to publish a graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
William Heinemann Publisher Jason Arthur has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for a graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.
Originally published in 1960 by William Heinemann in the UK, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sells well over 1 million copies worldwide every year. Now, for the first time, To Kill a Mockingbird will be available as a beautifully illustrated graphic novel, drawn and adapted by Fred Fordham.
Jason Arthur, William Heinemann Publisher said: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird regularly tops polls as the nation’s most loved book and we are delighted that readers will be able to revisit it – or discover it for the first time – in graphic novel form. The art I’ve seen so far from Fred is stunning and his adaptation storyboard is utterly true to the original novel.’
The Estate of Harper Lee said: ‘The Estate is very happy to be working with Fred Fordham on this wonderful project. Fred’s work has a quality that surpasses time, just like the novel he will bring to life in a new way. We can’t wait to hear the reaction from old and new fans.’
Fred Fordham said: ‘Adapting a story that means so much to so many – and finding the appropriate art style to give it life in a long-form visual medium – is a great honour and responsibility, and, mercifully, also a great pleasure.’
The graphic novel adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird will be published by William Heinemann on 1 November 2018.