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RANDOM HOUSE TO PUBLISH NEW NOVEL BY ACADEMY AWARD WINNER GRAHAM MOORE


 

RANDOM HOUSE TO PUBLISH NEW NOVEL BY ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SCREENWRITER AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER GRAHAM MOORE

 

Random House has acquired the new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of THE SHERLOCKIAN and Academy Award winning screenwriter for THE IMITATION GAME, Graham Moore.  Senior Editor Noah Eaker pre-empted North American rights from Jennifer Joel of ICM Partners.   Deal terms were not disclosed.

 

THE LAST DAYS OF WONDER is an historical thriller set against the backdrop of 1880s New York and centering on the legal battle – a billion dollar lawsuit brought by Thomas Edison against George Westinghouse – fought over the invention of the light-bulb.  The story is told through the eyes of Westinghouse’s attorney, 28 year old Paul Cravath (later the founding partner of the prestigious law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore), and focuses on his efforts against enormous odds to win his case for his client. 

 

"When I first stumbled on Paul Cravath's fascinating story five years ago, I was instantly compelled by it,” says Graham Moore. “Paul seemed to have faced professionally, with the highest possible stakes on the line, the very same issues that I'd been thinking about so much personally: What does it mean to create things for a living? What does it mean to say that you've 'invented' something? How do people who create things relate to those who don't, and vice versa? It's been such a thrill to immerse myself in Paul's world over these past years, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect home for the book than Random House."

 

Noah Eaker says of the book “Everyone here fell instantly in love with Graham’s novel.  As he did with Alan Turing’s story in THE IMITATION GAME, he has animated the Edison/Westinghouse ‘war of the currents’ through the setting and characters he has so brilliantly brought to life on the page. ”

 

Graham Moore’s screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won both the Oscar and the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015, and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, released by The Weinstein Company in November 2014, won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, and received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Moore has recently adapted THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY for Warner Bros and Leonardo DiCaprio, and is currently writing original television pilots for HBO with director Michael Mann and UK channel SKY Atlantic with director Marc Forster.  Moore’s 2010 debut novel, THE SHERLOCKIAN, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 15 languages. 

 

Random House will publish in Fall 2016.