Oliver Jeffers’ ‘There’s A Ghost In This House’ has sold to HarperCollins Children’s Books!


​We are thrilled to announce that Oliver Jeffers’ next book, There’s A Ghost In This House, has sold to HarperCollins Children’s Books in the UK and Philomel in the US!

Publishing across the globe on 14 September 2021 in a stylish gift hardback (£20.00) This captivating book that follows a game of spooky hide-and-seek, is set to capture the imaginations of Oliver Jeffers fans of all ages.

Jeffers regularly turns the expected into the unexpected. With There’s a Ghost in This House he brings a unique and disarmingly witty take on the traditional ghost book that will go far beyond Halloween. Oliver’s iconic style, featuring his characteristically bold hand-rendered text, combines in an inventive format that invites readers to find the ghosts hidden in the book. With every turn of the page, readers will delight in making ghosts appear and disappear with the translucent paper pages that overlay Jeffers’s incredible mixed-media illustrations. Once again, he brings a unique perspective to words and pictures that has seen him become a worldwide picture-book phenomenon, selling over 14 million copies in forty-six territories worldwide.

​Oliver has said:

Nothing grasped my imagination more as a kid (in good and bad ways) than creepy old houses. They fascinated me, and the idea that ghosts might wander the halls enthralled and terrified me in equal measure; I’m the sort of person who can only watch a scary film at noon with all the lights in the house turned on, and from between my fingers. For years I have collected old furniture catalogues, and publications of grand old houses- all filled with photographs of empty rooms. So perhaps it was always inevitable that I would one day populate them with ghosts. It is also a well-known character trait of mine that I’m terrible at looking for things- I honestly was unable to locate the other end of a hose once- and there is something intriguing about the notion that sometimes you can want for something too much to ever be able to find it.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books said:

‘Oliver continues to push forward the art of the picture book, breaking boundaries between illustration and fine art. Oliver is a master of invention bringing his breathtakingly bold and brilliantly wry wit to every page of this superbly original new book. We are immensely proud to publish Oliver Jeffers on the HarperCollins Children’s Books list.’