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Tereza Krobotová of Kristin Olson Agency has sold Czech rights in LEGACY OF ASH, the brilliant, highly-praised debut epic fantasy novel by Matthew Ward to  Host after an auction on behalf of Little, Brown Book Group, London.

LEGACY OF ASH has been published in the UK and US by Orbit. The first sequel, LEGACY OF STEEL, will follow in November.


A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives, heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

The Republic faces its darkest hour. Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.


A hugely entertaining debut — John Gwynne

Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive, Starburst

An incredibly impressive piece of fantasy fiction — The Fantasy Inn

Packed with big battles, shadowy intrigue and a large cast of characters, Legacy of Ash is an absorbing debut — James Islington

[An] excellent debut, Weekend Sport

This is the first epic fantasy book I’ve enjoying getting immersed in for ages . . . a great romp in a brilliantly realised setting . . . I have lost sleep, forgotten food and made this the thing I pick up every moment I can get — SFFWorld

A perfect blend of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Bernard Cornwell’s The Last KingdomFanFi Addict

Absolutely incredible action scenes . . . so freaking epic, Fantasy Hive













• May 5th, 2020 • Posted in News


The latest client to join the John Jarrold Literary Agency is fantasy novelist Andy Livingstone.

His new novel – the first in a series – is Blood of Antiquity, a post-apocalyptic fantasy. Civilisation is several hundred years into regrowth, having grouped in vast, tightly-controlled cities with technologies that have redeveloped to roughly the standard of our 1920s-30s, but the city is cramped, so there are no modern vehicles other than trains; wood is prohibited to all but the elite, so all is formed from metal, bricks, stone and animal fibres; power is purely electrical and generated from wind and water. The story is that of Lukas Hunter, a fixer in the less-reputable areas of his city, a man nondescript in appearance but exceptional in physical ability, cold in nature but prone to uncontrollable emotion – a man of opposites he does not understand. Sought by an unusual pair of siblings and pursued by the city’s top investigator, he finds himself on a mission to save his city and in doing so discovers that the reason for his nature is the same reason as that for his abilities: it lies in the truth of the evolution of humans and the races they grew from. Their blood, the blood of antiquity, runs through us all, and in the very few with the greatest strength.

After early short story publications, Andy was one of the authors signed by HarperVoyager UK’s  Digital First project by Natasha Bardon. They published his Seeds of Destiny trilogy. The first book, Hero Born, was released in 2015, with Hero Grown and Hero Risen in 2016 and 2017 respectively. He lives in Scotland.

The second book in the new series, A Blade Reforged, in the planning stage.

“Andy’s writing involved me from the first page,” said John Jarrold. “Lukas Hunter is a great, unusual character, and all those who people this book come right off the page to exist three dimensionally in the reader’s imagination.  His world is fascinating, and wonderfully created – its background and history gripped me.  It lives and breathes as strongly as the characters do.”

• April 20th, 2020 • Posted in News


The latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency is Australian SF writer Robert Marchbank.


Jarrold is working editorially on his debut novel PERCIPIO, which will be submitted to major genre publishers on both sides of the Atlantic.  The novel, first in a series, would sit well with readers of Richard Morgan’s work, or Christopher Nolan’s scripts; those who like smart, sometimes philosophical, science fiction with a noir edge.  It is the story of two lives in parallel, across time and space. In present day Boston, Anya, a student computer programmer, works to digitise her consciousness. In the far future, in a galaxy colonised by corporations, James, a cadet pilot, begins his training on a special interface linking his mind to that of his spaceship.


John Jarrold said: “The opening pages made me sit up, and the gradually intertwining stories drew me in with their immediacy and wit, as well as great intelligence. Rob has created totally absorbing characters, and he has an outstanding voice and imagination…”


Having been born in a small and relatively isolated farming community in rural Australia, his family moved to Sydney where he attended high school.


He worked briefly as an intern at SBS TV – the Australian Special Broadcasting Service, on the evening news team – and later at 2SM – a radio station in Sydney, mostly as on-air producer. When he graduated from his broadcast journalism degree, he was offered a place at AFTRS – the Australian Film Television and Radio School – to do a course in scriptwriting, based on some film scripts he had submitted while at university. However, being uncertain what he wanted to do with his life he didn’t attend. He has been writing fiction and poetry in some form for most of his adult life.


As he says: “My working life after leaving mainstream media has been pretty varied – post office clerk, real estate agent, wine salesman, storeman, factory hand, field labourer…all the people I’ve met along the way, are very much grist for the mill, as far as character development for my fiction goes. I’ve also been a pretty keen world traveller. I’ve drunk sake with sumo in Tokyo, danced with shamans on mountaintops in Peru, ridden a scooter through the jungles of Cambodia, and hiked elk trails in Colorado. All of these experiences inform my writing.


“I’m currently undertaking a Master’s degree through the University of New England (Armidale) – majoring in philosophy. I also have an Instagram account, showcasing my poetry. Presently, I live in New South Wales at the foot of the Snowy Mountains – one of the coldest parts of a very hot continent – and one of Australia’s few ski-resort towns.”


• April 15th, 2020 • Posted in News


I’ve been having Twitter Q&A sessions every month – where I answer questions about writing and publishing – for some time. During the coronavirus, I’ve made this weekly.  The next session will be between 7 and 8pm, UK time, on Monday April 6.  They are at @johnjarrold – future weekly sessions will also be announced there and on my Facebook page and the literary agency’s FB page.


I’ll be delighted to hear your questions.


• April 2nd, 2020 • Posted in News


Chris and Tim Stamper have joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Brothers Tim and Chris Stamper are British entrepreneurs who founded the video game companies Ultimate Play the Game and Rare, with 150 published titles to their credit and over 100 million units sales.  They first worked together on arcade conversion kits, which were licensed to companies around the world, but later became developers and publishers for the ZX Spectrum home computer in the early 1980s. Chris programmed the games, while Tim designed the graphics. They found success as Ultimate with games including Jetpac and Knight Lore. After reverse engineering the Nintendo Entertainment System and deciding to shift their focus to console development, the brothers founded Rare in the mid-1980s. They became Nintendo’s first major Western developer. Over the next two decades, Rare enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo and developed multiple major titles for the company, including Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007. Their original concept Battletoads was expanded into an animated cartoon Thanksgiving Special syndicated for US Television and the Perfect Dark franchise spawned two novels and comic books. Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002, and the brothers left the company in 2007. Whilst under the Stamper Brothers creative direction, Rare won 5 BAFTA and 8 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Awards. After spending several years out of the public eye, the brothers were acknowledged as Developer Legends at the 2015 Develop Awards.

They are now working on a multi-faceted project, One Step Left, which will include novels, games and visual media. 

John Jarrold will be discussing the publishing aspects of this project with major publishers in London and New York.

“This is the widest-ranging and most exciting project with which I’ve ever been involved,” said John Jarrold. “I’ve had long conversations with Chris and Tim, and the first novel is complete, undergoing editing now before I touch base formally with publishers. Its world, one step left of our own, is fascinating – both dark and humorous, and the novel’s characters are wonderfully rich and varied. Chris and Tim’s long background in video games gives them a real world-building brilliance.”

“One Step Left is our most wonderful creation, our best work to date. We can’t wait to share it with you,” said the brothers, reaching out to their many fans. 

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• March 30th, 2020 • Posted in News