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'The Madonna of Bolton' gets film deal and Madonna's blessing!

Exciting news in from Matt Cain the author of crowd-funded novel 'The Madonna of Bolton', the book has now got a six-figure film rights deal with Live Nation and has Madonna's blessing!

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon via mybook.to/madonnabolton

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Journalist Matt Cain’s novel, one of the fastest-funded in Unbound’s history, has won a six-figure film deal.

The publication date of the former Attitude editor’s The Madonna of Bolton had already been pushed forward by Unbound to 12th July after receiving a rush of support from crowdfunders last autumn, including many high profile authors, after initially being rejected by mainstream publishers.

Now the film arm of Live Nation, which also represents Madonna, has bought the film rights to the work with the options for sequels and a stage musical in a six figure deal, which comes with the pop icon’s “blessing”, Cain told The Bookseller. The deal with Live Nation Productions, which is based in Los Angeles and focuses on "groundbreaking, musically-driven stories", also comes with permission to use the pop icon's music.

Cain's third novel was picked up by Unbound last year after being declined more than 30 times by traditional publishers. Authors including David Walliams, David Nicholls and S J Watson were among those to pledge money to crowdfund the work and it reached its goal in just seven days, becoming one of the fastest-funded books on the platform.

Read more at: www.thebookseller.com/news

This news was also picked up in London newspaper the Evening Standard.

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