Expectation has optioned TV rights to Something to Live For, the highly-anticipated debut from Richard Roper that will be published in the UK by Orion on 27th June 2019. Putnam’s acquired US rights for May publication (as How Not to Die Alone) in a major six figure deal and is a Book of the Month Club pick for May and a Barnes and Noble Summer Discover Pick. The novel has to date sold into 18 foreign languages. Expectation acquired rights from Jonathan Sissons at Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) on behalf of Laura Williams at Greene & Heaton and the ambition is for the novel to be adapted into a television drama series.
Something to Live For is a heart-warming and bittersweet story that explores the particular sadness of loneliness in a big city, and one man’s attempts to let go of the past and start his life afresh. Richard Roper is a non-fiction editor at Headline, where he works with authors such as James Acaster, Joel Dommett, Andrew O’Neill and Frank Turner. Something to Live For was inspired by an article he read about people whose job it is to follow up after people die alone.
Expectation launched in February 2017 as a multi-genre, independent production company covering both non-scripted and scripted programming across comedy, factual, factual drama, entertainment, and drama genres.
Richard Roper said: “I am delighted to be working with Expectation. Their 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.”
Creative Director of Drama at Expectation Kirstie Macdonald added: “I’m thrilled to be developing Something To Live For. 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.”