In a first for her eponymous imprint at Quercus UK, Jo Fletcher has acquired rights to a fiction bestseller from India, The Shiva Trilogy by Amish, an epic fantasy based on Indian mythology.
The first two books in the series, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas, have become a phenomenon in the Indian market, topping all the charts and selling close to a million copies so far, making it one of the bestselling series of all time in the country.
The third volume of the trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras, is due to be released in India in early March.
"Jo Fletcher Books bought the English language rights outside of the Indian sub-continent and has published the first book, The Immortals of Meluha, in the UK in January 2013. The book will be released in the US in Summer 2014," said an official release.
The sale was made by US agent, Claire Roberts at Trident Media Group, acting on behalf of the author and the author's Indian agent, Anuj Bahri of Red Ink Literary Agency.
Since publication, The Shiva Trilogy books have attracted a wide and devoted audience, with complimentary reviews from many thinkers, including this from the internationally bestselling author and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, who said: "Amish´s mythical imagination mines the past and taps into the possibilities of the future. His book series, archetypal and stirring, unfold the deepest recesses of the soul as well as our collective consciousness."
Publisher Jo Fletcher said, "I am thrilled to be able to bring this new Indian classic to a wider audience. Amish has done a brilliant job of re-editing the book for a Western audience who might not be so familiar with the legend of Shiva, whilst losing none of the flavour of the text that makes this such a compelling read."
Amish said, ´I´m delighted to be partnering with a passionate publisher like Jo Fletcher Books to bring The Immortals of Meluha into the UK market.
"I hope that all British readers who enjoy fantasy, mythology and historical thrillers will like this grand adventure of one of the most popular Indian Gods, Shiva."
Amish is a 1974-born, IIM (Kolkata)-educated, boring banker turned happy author.
The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing.
He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.
Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.