Ebury has inked what is being described as “a major new TV tie-in” deal with Buffalo Pictures, which will see the publishing house release a series of Doc Martin novels written by Sam North.
The deal was negotiated by Gillian Green, Director of Fiction Publishing at Ebury and Annabel Merullo, a senior agent in the books division of literary agency Peter Fraser & Dunlop. The first novel in the series Doc Martin: Practice Makes Perfect will be published on August 29th (around the same time the show’s sixth season will be airing on ITV), and will be followed by a second Christmas themed novel A Doc Martin Christmas, which will be published in November 2013. Ebury holds publsihing rights in the UK and Commonwealth countries, excluding Canada.
Penned by Sam North, who has written eight novels since 1990, Doc Martin: Practice Makes Perfect picks up as the Doctor arrives in the picture-postcard fishing village of Portwenn, Cornwall, like a fish out of water. Once a high-flying London surgeon, his suddenly-developed blood phobia means he has to take a job in a local practice. But while the Doc’s medical skills are second-to-none, his bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired. Infuriating the locals in the eccentric world of the Cornish fishing village, the Doctor encounters many entertaining conundrums and enjoys a tumultuous relationship with school teacher, Louisa Glasson: all entanglements which bind him to Portwenn. In the second novel, A Doc Martin Christmas, readers will find out more of the turbulent relationship between Louisa Glasson and the Doc, and his ongoing attempts to tip-toe through the minefield of village politics.
Speaking of the deal, Gillian Green, Director of Fiction Publishing at Ebury, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Buffalo Pictures on the first Doc Martin novelisations. Sam North is a gifted writer who has truly captured the spirit of this hugely popular and iconic series – which is warm and funny with an edge to the humour and a love story at its heart between Martin Clunes’ irascible Doc Martin and local school teacher Louisa.”
Annabel Merullo, Senior Agent for Peter Fraser & Dunlop, commented: “Doc Martin is one of ITV’s most popular comedy dramas, and we anticipate that there will be a huge market amongst its millions of fans for the first novels inspired by the show.”
While Buffalo Pictures’ Philippa Braithewaite added: “We are thrilled that Ebury are releasing a Doc Martin book to coincide with the new series airing this year and we couldn’t ask for a better author than Sam North to capture the essence of our series. It is exciting for us to have a new medium in which to explore the stories and their characters in more depth than we are able to do within the confines of television.”