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John Jarrold Worldcon Programme Timetable

Loncon 3 Guests of Honour Discuss Iain Banks

Thursday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)

Iain Banks is a Guest of Honour at Loncon, but to our great sadness he passed away recently. In this session the man, his works and his legacy are discussed by other Guests of Honour, people who worked with him, read his works, appeared at conventions with him and drank copious amounts of whiskey with him.

John Jarrold (M) , John Clute, Malcolm Edwards , Jeanne Gomoll, Bryan Talbot

Carving A Legacy Among Legends

Friday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

Horror is a genre dominated by icons. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and others have paced the horror field for a generation. Does this hugely successful minority disproportionately demonstrate a viable market for horror stories? How does a debut author break in? Have urban fantasy and paranormal romance replaced horror to any extent? Does this correlate to the success of horror stories in the independent publishing markets?

David Nickle (M) , Robert Jackson Bennett, John Jarrold , Lisa Tuttle, Ann Vandermeer

Finding an Agent

Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)

A great query letter is all you need! Write a great manuscript and the rest doesn’t matter! Network at conventions and you’re in good shape! These nuggets of advice and dozens like them float around the writersphere as gospel. How many of these have a ring of truth? What is the secret to finding an agent? And what does an agent do once you have one? Our agents will decrypt the process.

Betsy Mitchell (M), Jacey Bedford, Joshua Bilmes, Ian Drury, John Jarrold


Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, London Suite 4 (ExCeL)

Irene Gallo, John Jarrold

Iain M. Banks, Writer and Professional

Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, Second Stage (ExCeL)

A panel led by Ken MacLeod discusses the career and works of our Guest of Honour, Iain M. Banks.

Ken MacLeod (M), David Haddock, Michelle Hodgson, John Jarrold, Andrew McKie

• July 27th, 2014 • Posted in News

Audio Deal for Mark Morris

Henna Silvennoinen of has acquired World English audio rights to Mark Morris’ new trilogy, being published by Titan Books, from agent John Jarrold.


The series is called Obsidian Heart, and the first volume is titled THE WOLVES OF LONDON, which Titan will publish in October 2014.


Alex Locke is a rough diamond, an ex-con turned psychology lecturer, who one day receives an offer that he cannot refuse. What follows drags him down into a nightmare more terrifying than anything he could ever have imagined, a nightmare in which he is pursued not only across the country, but ultimately across time by the fabled Wolves of London, a group of ruthless assassins with unbelievable powers at their fingertips. Blending crime, horror, steampunk and dark urban fantasy, Obsidian Heart is a huge, phantasmagorical jigsaw puzzle of a story told in three very distinct parts, each with its own unique atmosphere. Full of twists and turns, it is a Weaveworld for the twenty-first century – brash, audacious and packed with surreal and outrageous imagery.

• July 24th, 2014 • Posted in News

Terrific Kirkus review for Adam Nevill’s HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS!




• June 12th, 2014 • Posted in News

Terrific SF Thriller!

Look out for this terrific SF thriller by BSFA award-winning novelist Chris Evans and Roy Kettle!

• June 7th, 2014 • Posted in News

Gaie Sebold Steampunk Sequel Commissioned by Solaris

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has commissioned SPARROW FALLING, a sequel to steampunk novel SHANGHAI SPARROW by Gaie Sebold.  The novel will be delivered in December 2014, for a summer 2015 publication. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.

Between the activities of her school for young ladies and her connections with the Folk, Eveline Duchen is somewhat busy. She finds herself between a rock and a hard place when she is recognised as being a wanted felon and her friend Lin is put into peril by the leader of the Chinese Folk, the Dragon.  She must use her native cunning and ingenuity as never before to find a way out…

Some early reviews for SHANGHAI SPARROW:

“I’ve hardly read any steampunk, but if they’re all like this, I think I need to change that, fast.” DRUNKEN DRAGON REVIEWS

“Jumping between Victorian England and a fantastical China with Fae thrown in for good measure. Result: an entertaining plot, a feisty, determined heroine and a good blending of fantasy and social history; all in all a great read and one I’ll be very likely to re-read too.” TERRYTALK

“…a rip-roarin’ rollickin’ adventure that had me flying through the pages. In fact, two chapters from the end, I actually put the book down, and started reading something else. Because I didn’t want it to end. I so did not want to come back to the book to find out what happened, because I couldn’t bear the thought of finishing it.” TANGLED BOOKMARKS

• May 22nd, 2014 • Posted in News