The TV & film rights to The Stolen Child have sold!


I’m delighted to announce that Keshet UK have bought the TV and film rights to The Stolen Child. Keshet International are the company behind Prisoners of War, which became Homeland. I loved this series – it’s gripping, intelligent, controversial and current – and if anyone has read The Stolen Child already and is a fan of Homeland, I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a fantastic fit.

Producer, Catriona McKenzie, says, ‘Sanjida is a brilliant storyteller and this is an exceptionally compelling work. (If I had all the time in the world, I’d have read it cover to cover in one sitting – and was intensely frustrated every time I had to put it down!) In addition to that, I love Sanjida’s characterisation – the dynamics within the marriage, the question of how we relate to our children, the politics of the school yard and the wider community are all really well observed, and instantly recognisable. The setting is fantastic too.’


Keshet have already hired a writer to turn The Stolen Child into a screenplay. Suhayla El-Bushra is currently working on The Arabian Nights for the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and a screenplay for Film4.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Who do you think should star in a film of The Stolen Child?