Pic pact likely awaits ‘London’ in Frankfurt

U.K. surprise bestseller centers on story of Shaw-Larkman

A children’s book, “The Great London Adventure,” by Neil Shaw-Larkman, could be the first book to land a film deal when the Frankfurt book fair opens Tuesday.

A surprise bestseller in the U.K., the book is the first in a Harry Potter-esque series depicting creatures called Gronkiedoddles who live in London’s Tube stations and emerge to fight evil around the city. Other books set in major capitals of the world are in the works. “The Great New York Adventure” could be next.

U.K. publicity for “Adventure” has centered on the story of Shaw-Larkman, a former homeless man who wrote the book as a screenplay while living on the streets a decade ago.

Little known U.K. firm IMD Publishing issued the book in England. There’s been keen interest from an array of international publishers, production companies and studios. IMD has Shaw-Larkman under contract for 12 books.

Frankfurt, which often serves as a launching pad for obscure foreign books, was the site of the film deals for such recent titles as “Artemis Fowl” and “If Only It Were True.”

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