Ayisha Malik's novel is published today by Bonnier Zaffre; Eleventh Hour Films has optioned TV rights
Eleventh Hour Films is planning to adapt the novel as a TV mini-series after rights were acquired from Jonathan Sissons at PFD.
This Green and Pleasant Land is about a Muslim family cosily embedded in the heart of middle-class white England. 'It is a witty meditation on race politics, what it means to be British, and the complexities of personal identity. At the heart of this book lies the simple question: who decides to who and what we belong?'
Ayisha Malik is a British Muslim born and raised in South London. Malik’s previous other novels Sofia Khan is Not Obliged and The Other Half of Happiness have been met with critical acclaim.
Malik said: "I’m delighted with Eleventh Hour Films optioning This Green and Pleasant Land. Their insight and vision for the adaptation shows their understanding of what the book is trying to achieve - I believe they’re going to do something amazing when it comes to adapting it for television to be shared with a wider audience. I am beyond pleased."
Eleventh Hour Films is currently in production with an adaptation of the Alex Rider books for Sony Pictures Television and previous credits include Safe House (ITV), New Blood (BBC One), Foyles War (ITV) and Collision (ITV). Sony Pictures Television acquired a minority stake in the company in 2018.
In a statement Eleventh Hour said: 'A brilliant premise with relatable characters, delivering an entertaining and clever story for our times – Ayisha asks all the right questions. We’re very excited to be bringing this universal story to screen.'