The Innocents, Novel by Francesca Segal, Optioned for a TV Series

Costa Novel winner of 2012, The Innocents is one of the novel options for the upcoming television dramas this year according to Telegraph. “It has been optioned by the same production company that made Channel 4’s Any Human Heart,” the daughter of Erich Segal, the American author, tells Mandrake.

“It’s very exciting. I’m not sure who I would like to see play the leads but a lot of people online have suggested Keira Knightley,” says Segal.

Here’s a sneak peek of The Innocents novel loosely based on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence:

What if everything you’d ever wanted was no longer enough?

Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year.But then Rachel’s cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid – and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.

About the Author

Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. Brought up between the UK and America, she studied at Oxford University before becoming a journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, and The Jewish Chronicle, amongst others. She has been a features writer at Tatler, and for three years wrote the Debut Fiction column in The Observer.

Awards received:

Winner of the 2012 Costa Prize for First Fiction.
Winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize
Long-listed for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

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