Ebury will be donning furs and drinking highballs as it publishes the official tie-in to the latest American TV series set to make a splash in the UK.
Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson is the book that inspired the HBO series of the same name set in Atlantic City.
Coming to the UK on new channel Sky Atlantic early next year, the series starts in the 1920s and tells of the shady political deals, glamorous spectacle and mob rule in the notoriously free-wheeling New Jersey city.
“Taxi Driver” director Martin Scorsese and “The Sopranos” writer Terence Winter are teaming up as joint executive producers, managing a cast including Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald, as well as star of “The Wire” Michael Williams.
Johnson spent almost two decades researching and writing his non-fiction work, which tells the story of Atlantic City from its inception right up to the 1990s. Publisher Jake Lingwood described it as a look at organised crime in America through the prism of Atlantic City.
He added: “It will appeal to all the people who loved ‘The Wire’ and the associated books, and anyone who has ever been interested in the mob and organised crime. Also, any Scorsese fans.”
Ebury moved in on the title following the RH publisher’s success with recent Sky tie-in The Pacific.
The book includes two 16-page sections of photographic plates—black and white photographs of Atlantic City, including a picture of Al Capone and city treasurer Nucky Johnson (who, as Nucky Thompson, appears as the series’ main character), and stills from the lavish series.
Boardwalk Empire is being published on 6th January as a hardback priced £16.99.