We’re incredibly excited to announce that C J Tudor‘s debut thriller, The Chalk Man has been acquired by Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in a nine-way publisher auction as reported in The Bookseller.


The book, due to publish on 11th January 2018 in hardback and e-book, is narrated by Eddie who receives a chalk drawing of a stick figure that hurtles him back to an innocent childhood game 30 years before which went terribly, terribly wrong. As history begins to repeat itself, it seems the game was never really over.


Publishing director Maxine Hitchcock acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, to The Chalk Man in a major two-book deal.  The book is fastest-selling debut in the agency’s history and Since auction, 29 territories have sold across the globe, including in the United States.


Hitchcock said: “There is just one word for The Chalk Man: Wow. Quite how C J Tudor has come up with something so spellbindingly brilliant in her first novel is beyond me. Every single person at MJ was riveted, male or female, young or old. The Chalk Man has all the ingredients to become one of the great contemporary thrillers, sitting alongside gems such as Michael Marshall’s The Straw Men and any of Stephen King’s classics. C J Tudor is a superstar waiting to happen.”


Put it on your 2018 reading list. The Chalk Man wants to play…