Claire McFall poses for AFP in Lesmahagow, south of Glasgow on January 25, 2018.
AFP / Andy Buchanan
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A small-town Scottish schoolteacher has become an international literary sensation with over a million sales in China and a Hollywood movie deal – but remains relatively unknown in her homeland. Claire McFall has signed over the rights to her "Ferryman" series of teenage novels to Legendary entertainment, the U.S. production company behind such blockbusters as Christopher Nolan's "Batman" saga and "Jurassic World". The 35-year-old mother has also been mobbed in China, where her debut novel "Ferryman," first published in 2013, has been a top 10 best-seller for more than two years.A huge hit in China, "Ferryman" has sold much more modestly in Britain – 30,000 copies by June 2017 .McFall has also recently signed a publishing deal in France.She said she believed the book's theme of the afterlife found particular resonance with Chinese readers.In China, she added, the book was marketed for adults – unlike in Britain where it was targeted at teenagers – and a large part of the Chinese readership is composed of women aged under 25 .
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