A Leicestershire author is relaunching his best-selling crime novel series, after a production company secured the rights to adapt them for TV.
Mark Wright, whose author name is MP Wright, is relaunching his highly acclaimed “Windrush Noir Detective Series” with brand new editions and a striking cover art by London-based artist Geoffrey Grandfield.
The move comes after UK production company Wilson Worldwide Productions secured the rights to adapt the books for television. They signed up Kill Eve writer Isis Davis to make the adaptations.
Mr Wright told the Pukaar News that while he cannot confirm exact development details, he looks forward to the possibility of his novels coming to life on the small screen at some point in the future.
“There are so many really, really good young black actors and actresses who could really make these stories their own in the future. With a bit of luck. That’s what I would like,” said the best-selling author who lives in Sileby.
“People love the characters in this series, and I’m really thrilled with the reviews and the reactions I’ve had. However, I’ve kind of given up on those books now and there must be some new blood coming out of it. load up and take it to the next part of the journey,” he added. “Although I can’t say much about it right now, it’s a prospect that excites me.”
Mr Wright’s ‘Ellington series’ is set in Bristol in the 1960s and 1970s and explores attitudes to race, racism and the experiences of men and women from the West Indies in the UK, through the prism of black crime.
The five-book series follows Barbadian ex-cop Joseph Tremaine ‘JT’ Ellington as he reluctantly turns to private detective work after arriving in the UK. JT must unravel deadly conspiracies and corruptions within Bristol’s nightlife while trying to keep the ghosts of his own past at bay.
The books have been republished with a striking new cover featuring the black protagonist, something Mr. Wright has long fought for.
He describes himself as someone who has “deep social anger towards racism and all forms of bigotry”.
“One of the other reasons for the revival is that I have long fought for black representation on the covers of the books because they are primarily about black people,” Mr. Wright said.
“We fought long and hard to achieve this, and it was beautifully created by Geoff Grandfield, who worked on covers for the kind of writers I really love – black American writers like Walter Mosely.
“We were lucky to have him. He’s a hard man to pin down, but he loved the books, and he created the really iconic and beautiful book covers, which will be available soon,” he said. he adds.
The republished series by MP Wright will be available for purchase in stores, including Waterstones and WH Smith, on June 30.
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