How a Highlands publisher has hit the big time with ‘Babylon Berlin’

Deutsche Welle, January 05, 2018

A small Scottish publishing house is behind the English translations of the crime novels that led to the German TV series “Babylon Berlin.” Sandstone Press didn’t know at first that the books would become a hit show.

At first, it seems an incongruous pairing: A small independent publisher, based in the remote Scottish Highlands, and a series of hugely successful German crime novels turned into an international TV blockbuster.

Yet, it was Sandstone Press and its director Robert Davidson who secured the English language rights to the “Babylon Berlin” books by German author Volker Kutscher, a year before it was announced they were being adapted for the small screen — a bet that has paid off handsomely with the books now flying off the shelves.

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