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MAJOR GERMAN RIGHTS DEALS FOR STANDALONE FANTASY NOVEL THE NEVER KING

Beatrice Lampe at Blanvalet has acquired German rights in fantasy novel THE NEVER KING, written pseudonymously  by Mark Charan Newton as ‘James Abbott’, following a hard-fought auction, from Sarah Harvey – Senior Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan UK.

 

Bella Pagan acquired world rights from agent John Jarrold and the book is scheduled for UK publication in May 2017.

 

This compelling standalone fantasy is a tale of revenge, oppression and heroism, influenced by the work of the late, great David Gemmell.  It’s action-packed and tells the story of the legendary Xavir Argentum, former commander of an elite warrior cadre. Xavir was framed for an atrocity during an epic battle and was imprisoned for life, taking him out of the running for the crown itself. Then while powerless to influence events, the kingdom he’d sworn to protect fell into the hands of a tyrant. It will be up to a few – a mixed bag of rogues and heroes – to right some great wrongs. But first, Xavir must make his escape . . .

 

• December 15th, 2016 • Posted in News

MAJOR TRANSLATION DEALS FOR DAVID M BARNETT’S CALLING MAJOR TOM

Following Ullstein’s pre-emptive deal for German rights in David M Barnett’s novel CALLING MAJOR TOM, being published by Orion’s Trapeze imprint in June 2017, there having been other major translation deals:

 

Sperling have pre-empted Italian rights.

 

Lattes have acquired French rights.

 

HarperCollins Iberica have acquired Spanish rights.

 

Simplified Chinese rights have been pre-empted by Booky.

 

Complex Chinese rights (Taiwan) were won after an auction by Chi Ming.

 

Sam Eades at Orion commissioned the novel and acquired world rights from agent John Jarrold in March 2016.

 

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.”

 

• November 16th, 2016 • Posted in News

NEWS FROM JASPER KENT


PRESS RELEASE

by Jasper Kent

Published October 13th 2016

Bestselling horror author Jasper Kent turns to crime fiction with LATE WHITSUN, the first in the Charlie Woolf series of mysteries. Set in Kent’s adopted hometown of Brighton, not long before the outbreak of World War II, LATE WHITSUN combines elements of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene to produce a refreshingly new style of whodunit.

 

Brighton, 1938 …

Charlie ‘Big Bad’ Woolf thought it would be easy money, and there’s precious little of that for a private detective in a seaside town. It was just a trip up to London to hand over an envelope – a favour for his old partner, Alan O’Connor. But Woolf couldn’t resist taking a peek inside.

The pictures were unadulterated smut; a man and a girl in a hotel room. Blackmail, pure and simple – right up O’Connor’s street. Woolf was happy to be rid of them, handing them over to a masked man in a London park.

When he gets home, O’Connor’s waiting for him, which is a surprise. The bigger surprise is that he’s dead; a bullet through the eye. Woolf is the prime suspect, but when he discovers that the man in the photographs is a German diplomat and the blackmail is being run by MI5, things get more complicated.

It seems obvious who killed O’Connor, but Woolf soon realizes that he’s the only one who cares. With war looming, the good of the country counts for more than the arrest of a murderer. If he’s to see the killer caught, Charlie Woolf must prove that the crime has little to do with the world of espionage …

About the author:

Jasper Kent was born in Worcestershire in 1968, studied Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and now lives in Hove. TWELVE, the opening book of his historical horror series THE DANILOV QUINTET was one of the bestselling debuts of the year. As well as writing novels, Jasper works as a freelance software consultant. He has also written several plays and musicals.

In addition to other projects, Jasper is planning two more Charlie Woolf novels: THE STALACTITE MAN and TO MUDDY DEATH.

To find out more, visit www.jasperkent.com.

Acclaim for Jasper Kent’s DANILOV QUINTET:

‘An accomplished, entertaining blend of historical fiction and dark fantasy.’ – THE TIMES

‘Rich historical insight and compelling storytelling.’ – WATERSTONE’S BOOK QUARTERLY

‘A bloody good tale.’ – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘Leaks Russia from its very pages.’ – SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

‘You will love Jasper Kent for all eternity. I sure do.’ – ELITIST BOOK REVIEWS

‘A brilliant book.’ – HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY

 

Jasper Kent is available for interview.

Review copies on request.

Contact:

info@jasperkent.com

 

 

 

• September 30th, 2016 • Posted in News

ULLSTEIN ACQUIRE GERMAN RIGHTS FOR DAVID M BARNETT’S CALLING MAJOR TOM PRE-EMPTIVELY

Ullstein have acquired German rights in the novel CALLING MAJOR TOM by David M Barnett pre-emptively, for a six-figure sum in Euros from Krystyna Kujawinska, Foreign Rights Director at Orion Publishing Group.

 

Sam Eades at Orion commissioned the novel and acquired world rights from agent John Jarrold in March 2016, and the book is scheduled for Spring 2017 publication in the UK.

 

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.”

 

• September 14th, 2016 • Posted in News

CHASING EMBERS BY JAMES BENNETT – AN AMAZON.COM BOOK OF THE MONTH

CHASING EMBERS, James Bennett’s first contemporary fantasy novel, has been chosen as a Book of the Month by Amazon.com.

It’s published by Orbit on both sides of the Atlantic – in the US on September 6 and in the UK on September 8.

 

• September 1st, 2016 • Posted in News