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Sarah Ferguson 'in talks' to adapt unreleased novel into 'period drama' TV series

The Duchess of York, 61, is set to release Her Heart for a Compass on August 3. Fergie is already a successful children's author, but this book will be her first adult novel.

The book is based on the life of her great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, and co-written by Marguerite Kaye.

According to insiders, the pair wish to turn the unreleased book into a TV series.

"[Sarah's team] is already in talks with at least one streaming service and will be approaching others once a 360-degree treatment of the book is finalized," a source told Variety.

"These will include Amazon and Netflix.

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“Everyone involved is looking at the success of Bridgerton as a demonstration of the immense appeal of period drama on streaming services."

The book will be published by William Morrow in Canada who has dubbed the novel as “bold and thoughtful”.

The story follows the Duchess' great-great-aunt through Ireland, the US and the UK as she decides to run from an arranged marriage.

“A bold and thoughtful story about a rebellious woman finding herself and her voice in an age of astounding technological change and great social unrest,” William Morrow said in a Tweet.

Her new book, set in 1865, has been in the works for the past 15 years.

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“It has been an opportunity to tell my story of self-discovery, the chance to feel closer to my past, ancestors and stories I grew up with,” the Duchess of York said.

“The main message I would like readers to take away from Margaret’s story is that no matter whether you make mistakes or get it all wrong, you keep going and fight for what you believe is your truth.”

Sarah Ferguson has already written and published several books, with the majority aimed at children.

While Her Heart for a Compass may be Fergie's first book with an adult audience in mind, it isn't the first time one of her books has been adapted for TV.

Budgie the Little Helicopter the book series was adapted to an animated show that children enjoyed in the UK and US.

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