Endeavour Quill buys Nancy Bilyeau's fifth novel

Rights - Fiction Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dreamland is inspired by the early life of Peggy Guggenheim and takes place 'at the turn of the twentieth century in a burgeoning New York City'


Endeavour Quill, an imprint of Endeavour Media, has bought worldwide English language rights to Nancy Bilyeau’s fifth book, Dreamland, in eBook, paperback and audio. Dreamland, which is set in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, is inspired by the early life of Peggy Guggenheim and other real people.

Bilyeau's previous book, The Blue, focused on the rivalry and secrecy of the eighteenth-century porcelain trade. It was published by Endeavour Quill last year and received acclaim from authors such as Ian Rankin and Alison Weir. Bilyeau is in negotiations to option The Blue for television or film development.

Alice Rees, Endeavour Quill publisher, said: "I'm thrilled to be working with Nancy on her new book. She's an excellent writer and meticulous researcher, and we have been delighted by the reception to The Blue. Dreamland is a departure from Nancy's usual time periods and locations, taking place at the turn of the twentieth century in a burgeoning New York City. I can't wait to hear what people think of it."

Bilyeau said: "I am so delighted that The Blue found an enthusiastic readership. With Dreamland, I've written a novel set in another time and place, but I return to the themes that interest me: art and love and intrigue. I immerse the reader in a pre-First World War New York, a fascinating time of incredible tensions as well as glamour and achievement. There are many twists in Dreamland, and I put my main characters in life-and-death struggles."

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