Expectation options Richard Roper novel for TV

Lucy Nathan
Rights - Fiction Tuesday, 14 May 2019

First novel from Headline non-fiction editor


Expectation has optioned TV rights to Richard Roper's debut novel Something To Live For from Jonathan Sissons at Peters Fraser & Dunlop, on behalf of Laura Williams at Green & Heaton. Orion publishes the novel in the UK on 27 June, and Putnam publishes it (as How Not To Die Alone) in the US at the end of May, having signed it in a six-fugure deal.

Something To Live For explores the concept of loneliness in a big city as the novel's central character attempts to start his life afresh. Roper said: "[Expectation's] enthusiasm for Something To Live For is really exciting, and I'm thrilled they're going to be the team bringing the book to the screen."

Kirstie Macdonald, creative director of drama at Expectation, said: "I was immediately hooked by the book's unique premise and Richard's deeply moving evocation of the need for human connection. It's a life-affirming, utterly engrossing piece of fiction, and I can't wait to tell that story on the screen."

Roper is a non-fiction editor at Headline and has worked with authors including James Acaster, Frank Turner and Joel Dommett.

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