22 May 2013

Gareth Crocker’s Never Let Go attracts major international interest in its first month

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– South African’s LA-based novel about a child rescue ‘from beyond the grave’ captures the imagination

 May 21, 2013 – As South African author, Gareth Crocker, continues to launch Never Let Go (Penguin 2013) around the country, the novel has already attracted interest from both Hollywood and publishing giants, Reader’s Digest International.

The novel, a high-octane thriller, tells the story of a famous American novelist who loses his young daughter in a botched kidnapping. Following her death, the author is on the verge of taking his own life when a stranger arrives at his gate, promising the impossible: to bring his daughter back.

Never Let Go has just been released by Penguin South Africa and has already attracted an offer from Reader’s Digest’s international Pegasus Programme. The programme selects what it believes are among the hottest fiction titles from around the globe which are then condensed for their various Select Editions volumes in territories such as the United States, Australia, Asia and The United Kingdom. Crocker became only the second South African author (after Alan Paton) to have his work selected by Reader’s Digest when his first novel, Finding Jack, was signed to Reader’s Digest in 2009. On that occasion, Gareth’s novel appeared in seven different volumes together with the likes of Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffrey Archer and James Patterson.

In addition to this, Gareth’s London agent is currently in negotiations with attorneys on behalf of a top Hollywood producer who wants to make films out of both Never Let Go and Finding Jack

‘It’s all been quite overwhelming,’ Gareth explains. ‘While you hope your work will be well received, it really is quite something when it attracts this sort of attention. I’m thrilled that Reader’s Digest wants to condense another one of my novels and am even more excited by the interest from Hollywood. The producer concerned has put together films that have been nominated for multiple Oscars and currently works with some of the biggest names in the industry.’

Crocker is unfortunately unable to reveal the producer’s name until the contracts have been finalised.

‘While there are never any guarantees in Hollywood, I’m just grateful that my work is being considered for production,’ says Crocker. ‘I’m desperate to play a driver or a pizza delivery guy in the films, just for a laugh.’

For further information, please contact Gareth’s publicist, Jean Fryer, on (011) 327 3550 or email  jean.fryer@za.penguingroup.com. Alternatively, you can email Gareth directly via info@garethcrocker.com Visit www.garethcrocker.com to find out more. To view the book trailer for Never Let Go, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNkYG_oxzwo

2 Responses to “Gareth Crocker’s Never Let Go attracts major international interest in its first month”

  1. Annie Hall says:

    Hi Gareth,
    Just finished reading your book, Leaving Jack. I am not ashamed to admit that I was so moved by this story, I am a dog lover, I have a little dog named Carlie.. Keep up the good work.
    Take care,
    Annie

  2. gcrocker says:

    Hi Annie,

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. If you get a chance to read any of my other novels, please drop me a line.

    Thanks so much,
    Gareth.

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