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Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh narrates electrifying debut Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm 

TV star Adjoa Andoh, best known for her portrayal as Lady Danbury in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, is reading the audiobook for the magical new middle-grade novel, Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm by Ash Bond, publishing by Piccadilly Press and out in April. 

Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm was acquired in a hotly contested five-way auction, in a six-figure deal from Jessica Hare at The Agency in 2023. Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm is an edge-of-your-seat mythological adventure between two worlds as Peregrine is swept into a quest of immortal proportions. The start of the series has already received glowing endorsements from AF Steadman, Maz Evans and Amy Jeffs. 

Adjoh Andoh says: ‘‘It’s funny, moving, and exciting; a proper page turner. If you like adventure stories or speculative fiction then this is the audiobook for you. It reminded me of His Dark Materials. A fabulous book for all ages and I had great fun narrating it too!’

Ash Bond said: ‘I am over the Cosmic moon(s) that Adjoa agreed to come onboard as the narrator of Peregrine. It was very important for the whole team to find a narrator who could slip between the many voices while also maintaining the humorous bite of the book, and Adjoa is the perfect choice! It is wildly exciting to have an actor of such scope and calibre bring these characters to life!’

Adjoa Andoh won acclaim as Lady Danbury in the Netflix smash Bridgerton – a role that has seen her nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the NAACP Image Awards. So far in 2024, she has received  a TV Performance Of The Year nomination at The People’s Choice Awards, as well as a third NAACP Image Award nomination for Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

Recent roles on the small screen include Dr Isaacs in the psychological thriller Fractured, DI Nina Rosen in BBC1’s Silent Witness, Nenneke in the Netflix blockbuster fantasy drama, The Witcher, and in 2023 she made her prequel debut as Lady Danbury in the Netflix/Shondaland collaboration Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Adjoa will also star in the new mystery thriller TV series The Red King, which airs in 2024. Her many other television appearances include regulars in Dr Who, Casualty and Law & Order UK.

In a career of almost 40 years, Adjoa has had lead roles at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court Theatre, and in 2019, she conceived, co-directed and played Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the UK’s first all women-of-colour production.  2023 also saw Adjoa direct and star in a new theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Richard lll.  

Adjoa made her Hollywood debut in 2009, starring alongside Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s biographical sports film Invictus. Other film appearances include AdulthoodBrotherhood, and I Is A Long Memoried Woman. She’s also an award-winning BBC radio actor and audiobook narrator of over 150 audiobooks. 

Adjoa Andoh is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, British Shakespeare Association, Rose Bruford College, Arts University Bournemouth and the Shakespeare Association of America. She was appointed as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre (University of Oxford) for 2022/23, and was a judge for the Booker Prize, 2023.

Adjoa is a proud patron of the Fairtrade Foundation and Tree Aid. 

Ash Bond writes magical stories that have mythology sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Ash is passionate about making Classics accessible to all, she was state school educated and later won a scholarship to study ancient languages and then to study Classics at the University of Oxford. She is currently studying for her PhD, focusing on the relationship between mythology and landscape, at the University of Bristol. The opening pages of Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm won first place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival and Ash was runner up for the New Writers Prize last year. When not reading about myths, Ash is also a yoga teacher and loves to move – insisting she gets her best ideas when swimming in rivers, stomping up mountains or doing cartwheels. Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm is Ash’s debut novel. @ashbwrites

Piccadilly Press is marking its 40th year of building future generations of readers. The imprint is the home of exciting and engaging children’s fiction, with a host of blockbuster publishing lined up for the year ahead, including Ash Bond’s Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm; and a new title in the bestselling Max Magic series by Stephen Mulhern with Tom Easton, and illustrated by Begoña Fernández Corbalán.

The first book in the series, Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm will be publishing in hardback, ebook and audio on 25th April and the paperback will be out in January 2025.

Photographer credit: Suki Dhanda