There are some books you read or programmes you watch that enthrall, inspire and leave an indelible mark long after you've left them behind. In 1990 I was fifteen, stuck in a full-torso back brace from a spinal operation, had train tracks on my teeth and was, therefore, a pretty miserable teenager. However, at least I wasn't poor Laura Palmer. The homecoming queen whose girl-next-door looks hid deep, dark secrets and a life that ended in tragedy.
Twin Peaks, created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, hit the 90s like a shot of that fabulous 'black as midnight on a moonless night' coffee they served in the Double R Diner. It was fresh, original, quirky, surreal and completely different to anything we'd seen before. From the clean-cut handsomeness of Kyle MacLachlan's FBI special agent Dale Cooper - to the memorable weirdness of 'the man from another place' dancing around a red-lit room - there were scenes that electrified, horrified and gripped you. Twenty-four years later and, like many Twin Peaks fans, I'm still fascinated by the show. It's as much about nostalgia and a particular time of life, as it is about the sheer timelessness of damned good TV.
So you can imagine how absolutely over the moon excited I was when they announced the comeback, as Palmer promised, 'I'll see you again in twenty-five years'. It made me want to do this!
And then this happened . . .
For immediate release, Thursday 16 October 2014
Pan Macmillan to publish The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks by the show’s co-creator, Mark Frost
Pan Macmillan has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, a novel by Mark Frost, the co-creator and executive producer of the cult show. Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, will be the US publisher, making this a global story for the group.
The news comes just a week after the announcement of a highly-anticipated limited series sequel to Twin Peaks, which will air in 2016 on SHOWTIME® in the USA. Mark Frost will co-write and executive produce the series with David Lynch which will also be shown in the UK at a date to be confirmed.
Pan Macmillan will publish in late autumn 2015 in advance of the TV series.
Adult Publisher, Jeremy Trevathan, and Editorial Director, Julie Crisp, bought the novel as a pre-empt from agent, Ed Victor, during this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. In addition to the US, Finnish rights have been sold to Otava, Mondadori will publish in Italy, Companhia das Letras in Brazil and Kiepenheuer & Witsch in Germany.
The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them twenty-five years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.
Of the acquisition, Mark Frost says, 'This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.’
Jeremy Trevathan, Adult Publisher at Pan Macmillan, comments, ‘I’m incredibly excited about this project. I was at Penguin twenty-five years ago when we published The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, which was a huge success. The Twin Peaks TV series was ground-breaking and iconic and hasn’t dated one iota. The reach of television into popular culture today is more extreme than it was then and I’m sure millions of people will, like me, be massively intrigued by the new series and by a new novel that will help explain the intervening story.’
Editorial Director, Julie Crisp, adds, ‘I was hooked as a teen by Twin Peaks when it made television history in the 90s with its gripping plotlines, quirky characters and twisting storyline. It’s no wonder it's kept such a loyal following over the last twenty-five years and, like every fan, I can't wait to see what Mark and David serve up this time alongside the cherry pie!’
About Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children's Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the Macmillan Publishing Group which operates in over 70 countries.
I'd better fire up that percolator . . . So, what did you love about the show and what do you hope to see in the new? ;-)