As announced in the Bookseller, Jess Whitlum-Cooper, Commissioning Editor at Hachette/Headline, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights for the novel in a four-way auction as part of a two-book deal. Jess said of the debut: “Owen’s beautiful writing mixed with classic film references reminded me of the romcoms we all know and love. I fell in love with Nick’s voice as soon as I started reading and I am delighted to be publishing this clever, heartfelt love story.”
Equally excited by the prospect of true love are Penguin Random House/Crown, who snapped up the US rights, as did Hoffman Und Campe in Germany, and Sperling and Kufter in Italy.
It’s 2012 and Nick loves Ellie. He loves her easily as much as he loves his job as a projectionist. So when she tells him she doesn’t feel the same as when they first met, his world collapses.
The fallout from Ellie’s declaration causes Nick to reminisce about their first meeting, but his memories are as rose-tinted as the Hollywood love stories he idolises.
Four years later, and Nick is struggling to understand why Ellie is gone and why he can’t do anything about it. Could their love ever be the same as it was that perfect first night?
Nick is about to find out that perhaps real love is better than reel love.
Owen Nicholls is a screenwriter with a Masters in Scriptwriting from the UEA. His work has appeared in Empire and NME, and earlier this year Love, Unscripted was selected for the Escalator Scheme run by Writers’ Centre in Norwich. He said: “[The novel] was in part inspired by my own relationships in my late 20s and having a coming-of-age story of my own, just a decade later than most. I hope readers enjoy spending time with Nick and Ellie as much as I have.”
The novel – perfect for fans of Nick Hornby and David Nicholls – was featured in a Guardian article earlier this week which explored the renaissance of the romcom. We’re confident it won’t be the last you hear of this fabulous book.