Keshini Naidoo at Hera Books has acquired World English Language publication rights (excluding India and the subcontinent) for IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS by Awais Khan, for publication in 2022, from Annette Crossland at A for Authors Agency. The agency is also delighted to confirm the sale of Film/TV rights to Pikchur TV.
Keshini Naidoo: “’I’ve long been an admirer of Awais’s writing, so I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing In The Company of Strangers on the Hera list. With its multi-faceted, relatable characterisation and contemporary plotline, it offers a peek into a modern world closed off to most Western readers in an accessible, utterly engaging manner. I can’t wait to introduce the book to a whole new raft of readers in Spring 2022!’
Awais Khan: ‘I am absolutely delighted that In the Company of Strangers will be published by Hera Books. Keshini Naidoo is an astute and experienced publisher, not to mention a gem of a person, with years of experience and I couldn’t have hoped for a better person to publish my book. I can’t wait to see everything Hera has planned for the book. I am also thrilled to be working with Pikchur TV on the TV/Film adaptation of In the Company of Strangers. Saihaam Khan and Maaz Alvi are both Berkeley graduates with a passion for acquiring and promoting Pakistani talent and I am very glad that my book has found a home with such a great production house. I simply cannot wait to see how In the Company of Strangers is adapted for TV/Film. 2022 is going to be a busy and eventful year!’
Saihaam Khan and Maaz Alvi, Producers at Pikchur TV said, “We are very delighted to have secured the Film/TV rights for In the Company of Strangers by Awais Khan. It is no secret that the book has done incredibly well in Pakistan as well as internationally and it fits the overall vision of Pikchur TV perfectly. We at Pikchur TV are committed to providing original, quality content to our viewers and given the plethora of talent in Pakistan, it is our pleasure to be able to acquire some of it for our company. We have big plans for In the Company of Strangers and can’t wait to share them with you all.”
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