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Thursday, October 8, 1998 Published at 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK


This Life writer pens book deal

This Life: Creating BBC Two's hit drama made Amy Jenkins' name

She created the cult TV drama This Life, now Amy Jenkins is taking on the publishing world - signing a reported 600,000 deal for her two debut novels.

Ms Jenkins abandoned a law career to take up writing, and was the principal writer on the first series of This Life, the story of a group of trainee lawyers sharing a house in London.

Now publishers Hodder & Stoughton have secured the rights to her first two books after reading only a synopsis and the opening chapter of the first book.

The Daily Telegraph reports she has been paid 600,000 - believed to be a British record for a first time novelist. American rights could sell for even more.

'Turning Bridget Jones on its head'

[ image: Daniela Nardini: Now one of TV's most in-demand actresses]
Daniela Nardini: Now one of TV's most in-demand actresses
The first book, HONEYmoon, due out in June 2000, is similar in tone to The Diary Of Bridget Jones - Helen Fielding's story of a single woman looking for the right job and the right man - but Hodder & Stoughton promise it will "turn that phenomenon on its head".

HONEYmoon features a woman in her twenties, Honey Moon, who is married but wishes she was single.

This Life grew over two years to become a massive hit for BBC Two, as viewers and critics became fascinated with the tangled emotional and professional lives of the housemates.

But although plans were considered for a third series, the BBC decided not to recommission the show.

Now the stars of the series have joined Ms Jenkins in going onto greater success.

Daniela Nardini, who played Anna, is currently starring in police drama Undercover Heart on BBC One.

Ramon Tikaram, who played motorcycle courier Ferdy, went on to play Judas in a London stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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