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Sara O’Keefe, Editorial Director of Grove Atlantic/Corvus in London has acquired world rights in two further novels by Arthur C Clarke Award-winning UK writer Chris Beckett, for the Corvus imprint.  The deal was concluded with agent John Jarrold.


Corvus have previously published six novels by Beckett including the Clarke Award-winning DARK EDEN and its two sequels, as well as his story collection SPRING TIDE.  DARK EDEN was also the Sunday Times SF Book of the Year. His next novel is BENEATH THE WORLD, A SEA, being published by Corvus in April 2019.


Beckett also won the prestigious Edge Hill Story Award in 2009 for his SF collection THE TURING TEST, published by small press Elastic, beating off literary collections by Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright, Whitbread winner Ali Smith and other literary lions.


“I’ve read all of Chris’ work over the last fifteen years,” said John Jarrold.  “Each novel is wonderful – they are simply ‘Chris Beckett’ novels.  His humanity and invention know no bounds.”


Chris Beckett’s website is:




• February 22nd, 2019 • Posted in News





Ben Galley

Self-publishing phenomenon Ben Galley has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency

Ben Galley is an award-winning novelist from the UK, currently living in Victoria, Canada. Driven by a deep passion for the fantasy genre and an entrepreneurial spirit, he has been writing from a young age, completing his first novel at 11 years old. After studying music at college, Ben
dove into the world of self-publishing, and has been continually expanding his readership ever since.

His work – published since his first novel in 2010 – includes the four-book Emaneska Nordic fantasy series, which has sold over 70,000 copies, the Scarlet Star trilogy, mixing Western fantasy and alternate history, Heart of Stone, a military fantasy epic standalone novel about an immortal golem, and most recently the Chasing Graves fantasy trilogy, inspired by Egyptian mythology. Chasing Graves is a high-concept dark fantasy set in a world where ghosts are bound as slaves for the rich. The trilogy follows master thief Caltro Basalt as he is thrust unwillingly into this cutthroat world and fights to reclaim his freedom. Ben has also produced a graphic novel adaptation of his debut novel (The Written) and several short stories. His shorts can be found in the following anthologies: The Art of War, Lone Wolf, and Lost Lore.

He has also received critical accolades:

• Named The Weatherwax Report’s #1 Indie Fantasy Novel of 2018 (Chasing Graves)
• Winner of the Library Journal’s 2016 Fantasy Indie eBook of the Year (Bloodrush) – which was also the bloggers’ favourite of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off.
• Voted Best Self-Published Novel of 2017 in the BookNest Fantasy Awards (The Heart of

Wishing to share his self-publishing expertise, Ben launched Shelf Help – a site that provides advice and consultations for aspiring writers – and since 2012 he’s proud to have helped hundreds of authors. As a self-publishing consultant, Ben has worked as a Guardian Masterclass tutor and
has spoken at multiple events and institutions including Book Expo America, the London Book Fair, Warwick, Kingston and Southampton Universities, the London School of Economics, the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the Guildford Book Fair, and the Festival at Hampstead Theatre. Supporting the fantasy community is also extremely important to Ben, and he has spoken at FantasyCon, BristolCon, and Nine Worlds.

John Jarrold said: ”Ben is both a wonderful writer and someone who understands and thinks deeply about the business of publishing. Since he self-published his first novel in 2010 he has achieved a huge amount – and this is really only the beginning. His novels are outstandingly visual, made for film and TV, and we’re going to have a great deal of fun taking to publishers around the world, film-makers and other creative people.”

Ben Galley’s website is:

• February 22nd, 2019 • Posted in News


Orbit editor James Long has pre-empted for world rights to Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward, and two further books, from literary agent John Jarrold. Orbit UK will publish alongside sister imprint Orbit US in a co-ordinated international publication, with the first book scheduled for November 2019.


Long said: “Legacy of Ash is epic in every sense of the word, with its diverse cast of characters and intense, bone-crunching battles (which are some of the best I’ve ever read) – a grand, sweeping tale of warring empires and one generation’s struggle to repair the mistakes of the past. I’m thrilled to welcome Matthew to the Orbit list and can’t wait to work with him on what promises to be a spectacular trilogy.”


Ward said: “I’ve been blown away by Orbit’s passion for Legacy of Ash. It’s a great pleasure to be welcomed into their family, and I look forward to an exciting road ahead.”


Jarrold added: “I have known Orbit for decades and been impressed with their publishing on both sides of the Atlantic – not just the titles, but the way they get behind authors and think outside the box in sales, marketing and publicity terms. So I was delighted when both Tim Holman and James Long were in touch rapidly about this wonderful fantasy series – Legacy of Ash is one of the best and most sophisticated epic fantasy debuts I’ve read in fifteen years and more. It’s going to be an exciting ride!”


• November 29th, 2018 • Posted in News


John Jarrold has concluded a three-book World Rights deal for Australian debut science fiction novelist Jeremy Szal with Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director of Gollancz.

The first book is Stormblood: Vakov Fukasawa used to be a Reaper, a bio-enhanced soldier fighting for the intergalactic governing body of Harmony against a brutal invading empire. Now, he fights against the stormtech: the DNA of an extinct alien race Harmony injected into him, altering his body chemistry and making him permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression. It made him the perfect soldier, but it also opened a new drug market that has millions hopelessly addicted to their own body chemistry.

But when Harmony tells him that his former ally Reapers are being murdered, Vakov is appalled to discover his estranged brother is likely involved in the killings. They haven’t spoken in years, but Vakov can’t let his brother down, and investigates. But the deeper he goes, the more addicted to stormtech he becomes, and Vakov discovers that the war might not be over after all. It’ll take everything he has to unearth this terrible secret, although doing so might mean betraying his brother. If his own body doesn’t betray him first.

Stormblood is wide-screen epic science fiction, the opening volume of a major space opera series that combines the noir grittiness of Blade Runner and The Dark Knight with the widescreen exuberance of Mass Effect 2. It’s character-driven,  and will appeal to those who like a strong dose of mystery in their SF. Gollancz are publishing in February 2020.

Jeremy Szal said: “Stormblood is an incredibly personal book to me, and is packed with themes I love exploring:  sibling relationships, human-alien interactions, the horrors of war, and facing personal trauma, all set in a wide-screen future setting. I had so much fun spending time with these characters and could not imagine a better way to introduce them to the world than with Gollancz, a publisher I’ve always admired. I would like to thank John, Gillian, and the entire team for making my dream come true and believing in me from day one.”

Gillian Redfearn said: “I’ve had my eye on Jeremy for almost a year now, thanks to John Jarrold’s remarkable eye for a talented writer, having been struck by the vividness and cinematic nature of his writing from his first submission. Stormblood was exactly the project I’d been looking for: action-packed, character-driven SF that really drives a story home, while still touching on issues of social exclusion, addiction and family. It’s a cracking read, and I’m so delighted to welcome Jeremy Szal to the Gollancz list.”

John Jarrold said: “As soon as I saw Jeremy’s writing I knew we had something special on our hands. Gillian Redfearn also saw that immediately and both Jeremy and I would like to thank her for work above and beyond the call of duty over several months on this project. Its successful acquisition by Gollancz owes a huge amount to her personal enthusiasm  and thoughtfulness.”

Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 and was raised by wild dingoes. He writes about galactic nightmares, little traumas, and broken characters fighting for hope in dark worlds. His science fiction stories have appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons,, The Drabblecast, and have been translated into multiple languages. He is the fiction editor for the Hugo-winning StarShipSofa and has a BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from UNSW. He carves out a living in sun-bleached Sydney, Australia, but prefers snowy weather. He loves watching weird movies, collecting boutique gins, exploring cities, and dark humour. STORMBLOOD is his first novel. Find him at or on Twitter at @JeremySzal


• November 2nd, 2018 • Posted in News


Ashok Kumar Banker is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of over 63 books, which have sold over 3.2 million copies in 21 languages and 61 countries. He has been credited (by The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, among others) with having pioneered English-language genre fiction as well as English-language television serials in India. His ground-breaking internationally acclaimed eight-book Ramayana Series was the first trilogy, series, and SFF genre fiction in English published in India. It revolutionised Indian publishing, sparking off a multi-billion dollar resurgence in Indian mythology across all media.


He has also been credited as the author of the first Indian science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller stories and novels in English, creator and screenwriter of the first Indian TV series in English, co-creator and screenwriter of the first Malaysian TV series in English, the most watched historical TV series in India, the first Indian ebooks in English, the first Indian ebookstore, and several other firsts.


His epic fantasy The Burnt Empire series will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt under their John Joseph Adams imprint starting with Upon a Burning Throne, releasing in hardcover in April 2019.


John Jarrold said: ”I have been aware of Ashok for many years and I’m delighted to welcome him to the agency.  He is a wonderful writer, bursting with ideas and hugely prolific in many areas, and we are going to have exciting times together! The agency will be dealing with all of Ashok’s book rights outside the Indian subcontinent.”


• October 23rd, 2018 • Posted in News