An explosive investigation into “corruption and cover-ups” in the Catholic Church has been bought by Bloomsbury in the UK, US and Australia for simultaneous publication in March 2019. Entitled Power and Corruption: Inside the Vatican, it is written by French investigative journalist Frédéric Martel and will, says Bloomsbury Continuum in the UK, explore “the systemic culture of covering up sexual, political and financial abuse and malpractices [in a] revelatory and shocking account of corruption in the Catholic Church”.
Bloomsbury Continuum’s publisher Robin Baird-Smith bought world English language rights in the title from Benita Edzard at French publisher Robert Laffont. He said: “I am delighted to have acquired one of Bloomsbury`s lead non-fiction titles for spring 2019. Power and Corruption exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant and disturbing piece of investigative writing is based on five years’ authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power.”
Bloomsbury UK is calling it “a major publishing event” and believe there will be strong international interest. At the time of writing, Edzard confirmed that Arabic rights are still available.