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German Audio Rights Deal for Andrew Bannister’s SF Trilogy

Ann-Katrin Ziser, Senior Rights Manager at Transworld UK, has sold German audio rights to SF series the Spin Trilogy by Andrew Bannister to Audible Germany via Piper, who will publish the novels in Germany.


Simon Taylor at Transworld acquired world rights in a pre-emptive deal from agent John Jarrold in March 2015 and the first book, CREATION MACHINE, was published in May 2016 in the UK.


Andrew Bannister is an environmentalist, speaker and writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has published novels, short stories and technical articles. He has been reading science fiction since he was seven.


Andrew describes his wonderfully imagined setting here:


“The trilogy is set in The Spin at an indeterminate time. The Spin is an ancient artificial cluster of ninety-nine planets and associated suns, inhabited mainly but not entirely by humanoids. The Spin is hundreds of millions of years old and its Creators are no longer extant or known. Their influence is felt in the bizarre form of The Spin itself – several of the planets follow orbits which appear physically impossible – in the deliberately contradictory evidence left in some geological strata, and most importantly in the occasional discovery of remnant machinery from the Construction Phase: the so-called Artefacts. The Creation Machine is the first of these artefacts to impact significantly on the trilogy.”


• July 15th, 2016 • Posted in News

David Barnett novel for new Orion Books imprint


Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett

will be published by Trapeze on 18 May 2017

in paperback £7.99, eBook £7.99



Sam Eades, Senior Commissioning Editor at Orion, has acquired World Rights (All Languages) for Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett in a one book deal struck by John Jarrold Literary Agency.


Sam Eades said: “CALLING MAJOR TOM is a very British A Man Called Ove and I’ve fallen head over heels with each and every character. It is the heart-warming and ultimately life-affirming story of a man who has given up on the world, but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you will cheer on all the curmudgeons in your life.”


David M Barnett said: “I woke up on the morning of my birthday to find out that not only had another year of my 40s seemed to have suddenly zoomed by, but to cap it all David Bowie had died. A few days later I saw the astronaut Tim Peake on the news, having become the first Briton to do a spacewalk, and all this made the mental rockets start firing. What if you were so grumpy, so fed up with life, that you literally wanted to get away from it all? And where better to go than space? The flip-side of that, of course, is that while astronauts are doing hugely exciting things up there, the rest of us are struggling along with our day to day lives and problems. Calling Major Tom was born out of wondering what would happen if those two worlds collided – the astronaut in splendid isolation far above the world and a normal family back on Earth. Of course, there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ family – they’re all problematic and dysfunctional in their own ways. So it’s really about unlikely friendships, facing up to problems life throws at us, and finding a chance at redemption in the most unexpected places.”


John Jarrold said: “This is an exciting new imprint, and Sam Eades’ proactive enthusiasm since she first contacted me and wanted to talk about involving David Barnett has been a delight. David’s writing overflows with warmth, wit and humanity – and this book will use all those aspects wonderfully well.”



David Barnett is an author and journalist based in West Yorkshire. After a career working for regional newspapers he embarked upon a freelance career writing features for most of the UK national press. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Gideon Smith series of Victorian fantasies, published by Tor Books, and teaches journalism part-time at Leeds Trinity University. David was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and is married to Claire, also a journalist. They have two children, Charlie and Alice.


For further information please contact Sam Eades
on 020 3122 7195 or via email:

• March 11th, 2016 • Posted in News

David Barnett novel in launch list for new imrpint from Orion Books

Delighted to share this announcement from Orion, including news of a new novel by agency client David Barnett:


Orion is launching a new standalone commercial fiction and non-fiction imprint called Trapeze.

The imprint, launching in October, aims to publish 20 books a year which “identify trends, break new voices and start conversations”. Spanning “all genres”, the imprint will be home to celebrity autobiography, pop-culture, music, lifestyle, inspirational memoir, gift, humour and commercial fiction.

Anna Valentine, who is promoted to publisher, will head the imprint, reporting to Jon Wood. Sam Eades, senior commissioning editor, and Emma Smith, editor, complete the editorial team. To reinforce the “individuality” of the imprint, the Trapeze logo will be adapted to reflect which member of the ediorial team has edited the book.

Branded a “return to Orion’s start-up mentality”, Orion says the imprint will be “bold and original, embrace new media, and challenge existing models”, publishing “quality titles with a broad reach” that people will “want to talk about” across commercial fiction and non-fiction.

Valentine, a Bookseller rising star, joined Orion from HarperCollins in 2014 and is responsible for the publication of numerous top 10 bestsellers during her career, including books by YouTube sensation KSI, Madeleine Shaw, Alan Partridge, Russell Brand, John Bishop, Sophie Hayes, Frankie Boyle and Justin Bieber.

Trapeze’s launch titles include the new autobiography from Alan Partridge, blogger Rubyetc’s It’s All Absolutely Fine, Mick Wall’s Guns N’ Roses: The Last of the GiantsHygge by Charlotte Abrahams and spoof cookbook The Walking Bread.

Trapeze has also made five new acquisitions for the list: Eades has bought world rights for three fiction novels:Tattletale by Costa-shortlisted author Sarah J Naughton (from Eve White at the Eve White Literary Agency), Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown (from Kate Shaw at The Viney Agency), and Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett (from the John Jarrold Literary Agency). Meanwhile, Valentine has bought world rights for Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food by nutritional health coach Lizzie King (from Felicity Blunt at the Curtis Brown Group) and UK and Commonwealth rights for The Fifty Things by Peter Dunne (from Clare Conville at Conville & Walsh).

Valentine said: “With so many opportunities open to us in the physical and digital space there has never been a more exciting time to be a publisher, and I’m thrilled to be launching Trapeze into this landscape. Our mission statement – to publish books that start conversations – will inform every aspect of the publication process, and we will innovate, experiment and be creative about how we bring our books to market. Encompassing fiction and non-fiction under one roof enables us to be dynamic with our publishing, and I look forward to launching our authors into new territories and building long-term careers that straddle genres.”

Wood, Orion’s group publisher, said: “Putting together three of the UK’s most exciting, most connected and most dynamic young publishers was a big win for us. In a market that is so fast-moving and fluid, this nimble, proactive start-up model is very much the future of publishing. Trapeze’s list is already an exciting mix of big hitters and new talent – and there are lots more to come.”

David Shelley, c.e.o. of Orion and Little, Brown Book Group, added: “The key to successful publishing is creativity – and Anna, Sam and Emma are three of the most exciting, creative publishers in town. Under Anna’s leadership, I can’t wait to see what Trapeze goes on to achieve.”

The new imprint’s Twitter handle is @trapezebooks.

• March 11th, 2016 • Posted in News

Author Quotes for Andrew Bannister’s SF Debut CREATION MACHINE

Transworld UK publish Andrew Bannister’s outstanding SF debut in May. We’ve already received these comments from authors who have read the proofs:


“An excellent read that ticked the boxes for me. Augmented humans up to and including one as a cloud of nanomachines, Banksian drones and cruel politics. Grotesque and interesting alien life, and characters I cared about — all written in an engaging style” – NEAL ASHER


“Fast-paced, intelligent SF, action-packed and immersive” – ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY


“Bannister’s a fresh, vivid and inventive voice, and Creation Machine‘s epic roller-coaster gives modern space opera a much-needed shot in the arm. The scale is Cinemascope, but he keeps a clear and intelligent focus on his characters, settings and ideas” – IAN R MACLEOD

• March 4th, 2016 • Posted in News

New US Deal With Orbit for John Gwynne Fantasy Trilogy

Jon Mitchell, Rights Director at Macmillan, has sold North American rights in three further novels by UK fantasy novelist John Gwynne – to Will Hinton at Orbit US, who have already acquired  all four novels in John, first series, The Faithful and the Fallen: MALICE, VALOUR, RUIN and WRATH, which has rights deals across Europe.


MALICE won the Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in the David Gemmell Legend Awards.


This new standalone trilogy will be set in the same stirring Celtic-inspired world as John’s first quartet. Here, the Banished Lands now seem at peace. However, guardians appointed to enforce it have their own agenda, and mankind will suffer. One central character, Rae, is part-guardian and part-human. And if she can prevail through conflict, crisis and adventure, she may hold the key to humanity’s ultimate freedom. Senior Commissioning Editor Bella Pagan bought World rights in the series from agent John Jarrold, in a six-figure deal. The first book is due for UK publication in autumn 2017.


Bestselling novelist Conn Iggulden said of MALICE:


‘Influenced by Gemmell’s RIGANTE and George R R Martin’s GAME OF THRONES – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page…Hell of a debut.  Highly recommended’




‘With its warring clans, sleeping giants, Banished Lands and omens and portents…is a strong contender for the “if you like GAME OF THRONES why not try this” award’



• March 3rd, 2016 • Posted in News