Ambrose Parry’s upcoming novel THE WAY OF ALL FLESH is getting the small screen treatment with SunnyMarch snagging the TV rights to the historical series. The book will be published by Canongate in August this year. Cumberbatch is not attached to star.
The story is set in post-Enlightenment Edinburgh in 1847, a city home to brilliant advances in medical science but also great poverty with a truly unsavory, violent side. Medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant professor of midwifery, Dr. James Young Simpson. It’s at Simpson’s unusual clinic on Queen Street, where patients range from the richest to the poorest that Raven meets Sarah Fisher, officially housemaid and unofficially clinical assistant to Dr. Simpson, determined to improve her station in life. After a string of mysterious deaths in the city, Raven and Sarah are propelled into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.
SunnyMarch’s Adam Ackland and Claire Marshall handled the deal with Charles Walker at United Agents. SunnyMarch’s upcoming TV projects include an adaptation of The Child in Time for BBC One and Patrick Melrose, starring Cumberbatch, which will premiere in May on Showtime.
Ambrose Parry is the pseudonym for author Chris Brooknyre and consultant anesthetist Marisa Haetzman. Brookmyre has previously written 21 novels including Black Widow which nabbed him the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Haetzman has a Master’s degree in the History of Medicine, providing the background to base The Way of All Flesh on.
Emily J | Managing Editor