Film deal for Hanns and Rudolf



Currently non-fiction Book of the Month for May in Waterstones, HANNS AND RUDOLF, Thomas Harding’s highly acclaimed debut work of history has just been optioned at auction by The Ink Factory. The company’s co-founder Simon Cornwell agreed the deal with film agents Nick Marston and Camilla Young at Curtis Brown, acting on behalf of Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh.


Based in London and Los Angeles, The Ink Factory won the film rights in a competitive auction and are in talks with Sir Ronald Harwood, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of THE PIANIST and THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, to translate the book to screen. Sir Ronald Harwood is represented by Judy Daish. 


HANNS AND RUDOLF tells the twin lives from childhood of Rudolf Höss and Hanns Alexander, respectively the Kommandant of Auschwitz and a young Jewish soldier who, after the war, tracked down and arrested Höss where he was hiding on a farm in Northern Germany.


HANNS AND RUDOLF was first published in 2013 in hardback by William Heinemann, and shortlisted for the biography section of the Costa prize. Published by Windmill in paperback on the 1st of May 2014, HANNS AND RUDOLF has sold into ten foreign languages and to Simon & Schuster in the States and to Anansi in Canada.


In the UK the hardback of HANNS AND RUDOLF went to No 5 in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list, whilst in Italy it went to No 1 and in Israel to No 3. Further translation editions are being published throughout this year.


World-wide the review coverage has been extraordinarily good, ranging from John le Carré’s “A gripping thriller, an unspeakable crime, an essential history” to Ben MacIntyre’s “remarkable….meticulously researched and deeply felt” to James Holland’s “This is a stunning book….both chilling and deeply disturbing” to Max Hastings’s “Thomas Harding… has uncovered a remarkable story… This is a remarkable book, which deserves a wide readership” and Cynthia Ozick’s “In this electrifying account Thomas Harding commemorates (and for the tired revivifies) a ringing biblical injunction: Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue”.


The Ink Factory, which enjoys a unique relationship with celebrated novelist, John le Carré, is currently in production on OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, a major new film adaptation of the author’s work. This year will see the release of the company’s first production, A MOST WANTED MAN starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, with a number of film and television projects from various writers in advanced development.


For further details please contact:


Simon Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas at The Ink Factory at or +44 207 096 1698


Camilla Young and Nick Marston at Curtis Brown at or or + 44 207 393 4400


Tom Avery and Sophie Mitchell at William Heinemann/Random House at or + 44 207 393 4200


Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh Ltd at or + 44 207 393 4200


To see press coverage of the announcement here