A high-concept psychological thriller from a fresh new voice in fiction, THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY is up-and-coming novelist Felicia Yap’s debut, and it’s already building buzz on the TV and film rights market. This comes just weeks after Headline paid a six-figure sum to secure the UK publishing rights for the novel, following a heated auction between three publishing houses.
Pitched as Before I Go To Sleep meets Minority Report, the story is set in a world where a person’s memory stops working after the age of 18, most people can only remember the past 24 hours, and must keep e-diaries to remind them what they did, what they felt and who they loved. Claire and Mark are a surprising mixed-marriage (society is divided between Monos who can remember only one day and Duos who can remember two): Claire is a conscientious Mono housewife, while Mark is a novelist-turned-MP Duo on the political rise. But when a woman turns up dead, and she is then revealed to be Mark’s mistress, their perfectly constructed life begins to fall apart. Suddenly, the race is on to find the killer.
The premise clearly has the potential for a big screen adaptation, with a fascinating, original world and a unique concept that incorporates elements of science fiction, romance, and mystery. Films like the forthcoming Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, strike a similar balance between these elements – and it just so happens to be one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. It’s no surprise, therefore, that The Day After Yesterday is drawing Hollywood’s attention, as producers have been on the lookout for the next high-concept thriller to hit what’s become a red hot market so far this year.
Yap grew up in Kuala Lumpur, attended Imperial College London before earning a doctorate in history at Cambridge University. She has written for The Economist and the Business Times. She has also been a radioactive-cell biologist, a war historian, a Cambridge lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader and a catwalk model.
Felicia lives in London and is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy’s novel-writing program. Yap and The Day After Yesterday was recently short-listed for the Fresher Writing Prize for the first 500 words of a novel.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor