The Lighthouse, the indie recently launched by Hilary Salmon, Radford Neville and Nick Betts, has optioned the global television rights to the trilogy of novels from author Juno Dawson.

Clean (2018) and Meat Market (2019) were both published to great critical acclaim with Meat Market shortlisted for the forthcoming 2020 YA Book Prize.  The third book in the trilogy Wonderland will be published by Hachette Children’s Books on the 28th May.

The Lighthouse said: “We have loved Juno’s novels for a very long time and so were really excited to read the manuscript for her latest book, Wonderland. It is predictably brilliant and along with Meat Market and Clean creates a vibrant world where privilege and the upper reaches of society clash with the disadvantaged and the troubled. Juno’s voice is intimate, provocative and insightful whilst dealing with difficult subjects such as addiction and identity. Her novels articulate the complexity of growing up in these peculiar and exciting times and are bursting with unforgettable characters and pin-sharp dialogue. We feel privileged to be working with Juno to bring her novels to the screen.”

Juno Dawson said: “I was incredibly impressed by The Lighthouse’s ambitious vision for the world that my young heroines occupy. It’s an epic, opulent version of London ruled by socialites and social climbers on a scale that few young adult shows have attempted before. On a personal level, The Lighthouse have been so welcoming and know the source material, arguably, even better than I do!”

The option was negotiated by The Lighthouse with Marc Simonsson, the film, television and dramatic rights agent at MMB Creative.  All three novels are published in the UK by Hachette Children’s Books.

In April 2020, Sky Studios took a minority stake in The Lighthouse.

Jon Creamer