The Rook: a spy/supernatural series

Starz has adapted a successful australian SF novel, The Rook, written by Daniel O’Malley, into a TV show. Myfanwy gets hints as to what’s happening by discovering letters addressed to her future, amnesiac self, as “Hello You”.

[Note: The first novel that DanielO’Malley wrote was published in 2012. It was titled The Rook. The novel went on to become such a huge hit that it became the winner of the Aurealis Award in 2012 in the Best Science Fiction Book category. The TV series looks likely to repeat the success.]

The book and the series both center on Myfanwy Thomas (Emma Greenwell), a woman who wakes up next to London’s Millennium Bridge with no memory of who she is and a circle of dead bodies around her. She eventually comes to find out that she’s part of a British secret agency for people with paranormal abilities called Checquy.

“David O’Malley invented [a] really intriguing, bizarre British agency that we discover Myfanwy is a part of,” executive producer and co-showrunner Karyn Usher told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday. “We spend more time in this season … exploring who Myfanwy is. Her primary concern is her own identity, trying to figure out who she is. She has lost her memory and everything she touches is a clue, trying to figure out her past and what happened. That general premise we took from the book. The world we took from the book.”

— full article by Megan Vick at