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Six-Figure Deal for Fantasy Novelist John Gwynne

 

Pan Macmillan is delighted to report the acquisition of a new epic fantasy series by John Gwynne. Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought World rights from agent John Jarrold, in a six-figure deal in pounds sterling.

 

This new standalone trilogy will be set in the same stirring Celtic-inspired world as John’s first quartet, the Faithful and the Fallen. 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.

John Gwynne’s debut novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. And on the new deal, Gwynne said: ‘I’m absolutely overjoyed that Pan Macmillan will be publishing a new trilogy set in the Banished Lands. I’ve loved working with the team and it’s both wonderful and exciting news to hear their enthusiasm about expanding this world. Ideas have been worming their way into my head for quite some time now and my fingertips are itching to get typing on this new series’

 

Pagan shared her enthusiasm, saying:  ‘I couldn’t be happier about this new deal. John has proved he can write heart-pounding, character-driven adventures of the most immersive form, and his next works will be just as thrilling. Readers everywhere – prepare to be enthralled!’

 

Bestselling author Conn Iggulden had high praise for 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’

 

Pan Macmillan will be publishing the new books from Autumn 2017, following John Gwynne’s current series. His next book, Ruin, will be published in July this year.

Publicity contact: Sam Eades
Tel. +44 (0)20 7014 6182 / Email: Sam.Eades@macmillan.com

 

 

• May 13th, 2015 • Posted in News

New French Rights Deal For Chris Beckett

Presses de la Cité have acquired French rights in MOTHER OF EDEN by Chris Beckett – the sequel to the Arthur C Clarke Award-winning DARK EDEN, which they already publish – from Ilona Chavasse, Acting Rights Director at Atlantic Books. Atlantic bought world rights in the novel from agent John Jarrold.

 

MOTHER OF EDEN will be published in the UK by Atlantic in June 2015 and in the US by Broadway Books.

 

 

• April 21st, 2015 • Posted in News

Russian Rights Deal For Richard Ford Novels

Sarah Harvey, Rights Manager at Hodder Headline, has sold Russian rights in fantasy novels  Herald of the Storm and The Shattered Crown by Richard Ford to  Fantastika.

 

World rights in the STEELHAVEN trilogy were acquired pre-emptively by John Wordsworth of Headline from agent John Jarrold for a high five-figure sum in pounds sterling, and rights have already been sold in a number of European markets.  The first volume, Herald of the Storm, was first published in the UK in April 2013, with paperback publication following in August 2013, and it has received superb reviews.  The sequel, The Shattered Crown, was published in 2014 and the final volume of the trilogy, Lord of Ashes, follows in May 2015.

• April 20th, 2015 • Posted in News

Piper Acquire German Rights in Debut SF Trilogy Pre-emptively

Carsten Polzin at Piper has acquired German rights in a three-book SF series, The Spin Trilogy, by debut novelist Andrew Bannister pre-emptively, for a major sum in Euros from Ann Katrin Ziser – Senior Rights Manager at Transworld UK. The first novel is titled CREATION MACHINE.

 

Simon Taylor at Transworld acquired world rights, also in a pre-emptive deal, from agent was John Jarrold in March 2015 and the first book is scheduled for Spring 2016 publication 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.”

 

Simon Taylor said:

 

‘Far-flung and far future space opera is a particular passion of mine and in Andrew Bannister I believe we’ve a star, a constellation even, in the making. We responded to the vision, the sometimes-head-spinning concepts and conceits, the strong, confident writing, the wit and, crucially, the fact that he has created characters – whether flesh and blood or a mobile mass of sentient particles – we care about and are rooting for!’

• April 10th, 2015 • Posted in News

Pre-emptive Three-book Deal for Debut SF Novelist

Simon Taylor, Editorial Director of Transworld, has acquired world rights in a three-book SF series by debut novelist Andrew Bannister pre-emptively, for a major five-figure sum. The first novel is titled CREATION MACHINE.  The agent was John Jarrold and the first book will be scheduled for Spring 2016.

 

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 began writing as a student in the 1980s. His first published article was an in-depth investigation of the history and progress of the AIDS epidemic, published in the Imperial College student newspaper ‘Felix’ in 1986. This was followed by smaller articles in various magazines including an explanation of room-temperature superconductors, commissioned and published by ‘Electronics Times’ in 1989.

 

During the 1990s Andrew wrote mainly for his own pleasure and education, developing skills in technical writing and longer fiction whilst pursuing his career as a sustainability consultant. He continued to publish occasional short pieces in fanzines and special interest newsletters.

 

In the early 2000s Andrew completed two courses in Creative Writing at South Leicester College and subsequently joined the Leicester Writers’ Club where he has been an active member ever since.

 

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.”

 

John Jarrold said:

 

“This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved with, as an agent or a publisher.  Andrew’s writing, characters and invention bear comparison with any major SF novelist of the last twenty years.  I’m delighted that Transworld and Simon Taylor share my overwhelming enthusiasm.”

 

Simon Taylor said:

 

‘Far-flung and far future space opera is a particular passion of mine and in Andrew Bannister I believe we’ve a star, a constellation even, in the making. We responded to the vision, the sometimes-head-spinning concepts and conceits, the strong, confident writing, the wit and, crucially, the fact that he has created characters – whether flesh and blood or a mobile mass of sentient particles – we care about and are rooting for!’

 

• March 18th, 2015 • Posted in News