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.

To Kill a Mockingbird

‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

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.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved American classic, voted the #1 Great American Read 2018.

    ‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

    A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.

    Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.

    Enduring in vision, Harper Lee’s timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humour, unwavering honesty and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition.

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