Baby Cow Productions has optioned Gill Hornby’s new novel, Miss Austen, for TV.

The book is published this month in the UK by Penguin and by Flatiron in the United States in April 2020.

The novel is billed as a “wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the lives and loves of sisters Cassandra and Jane Austen, inspired by Cassandra’s infamous burning of Jane’s letters, a mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics.”

Baby Cow Chief Executive, Christine Langan said: ‘Gill has brought such wit, ingenuity and heartbreaking tenderness to this literary mystery, turning it into a terrifically compelling and relevant novel. Not only does she effortlessly capture Austen’s unique and irresistible tone but, in Cassandra, she may have delivered us the ultimate Austen heroine. Baby Cow is thrilled to be entrusted with bringing this gem to our screens and to a whole new audience’.

Gill Hornby said: ‘I am delighted that Miss Austen is going to the brilliant team at Baby Cow, and excited to work with them as Cassandra moves from the page to the screen’.

Gill Hornby is represented by Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Associates.

Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. 

Jon Creamer