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Agency client Ruaridh Pringle has created a new website with details of his wonderful novels and his other activities:



• September 4th, 2017 • Posted in News


Francesca Tristan Barbini of Luna Press has acquired World English rights in three volumes of the Troutespond series of YA novels by young novelist Elizabeth Priest. The agent was John Jarrold.


The first book, CONCRETE FAERY, follows the rambling internal monologue of teenager Ally Guardian – a self-confessed side character to her louder friends, she remains permanently convinced that the universe wanting anything to do with her is a cosmic joke. Late one night her insomniac thoughts are derailed by the appearance of a strange man who sits outside her window, and tells her “I can’t speak to you yet” when she goes down to talk to him. The next day she is implicated in a demonic attack on her history teacher, and given the new girl at their school to look after as punishment. Alana Larbie seems to know everything and claims it was demons who got her kicked out of her old school, mistaking Ally’s sarcasm for knowledge of the real situation. She indulges the mad theories Ally’s oldest friend Tanya is throwing out, despite the scepticism of their one “normal” friend, Teb. They begin to half-heartedly investigate.


The Troutespond Series is a work of Young Adult fantasy, working on the premise that if the supernatural did exist, inquisitive teenagers would be the first to notice and absolutely the worst people ever to interact with it.


“The series is witty, frightening and wonderful,” said John Jarrold.  “The characters leap from the page – funny, infuriating and fascinating.  This is a major achievement, a living, breathing world.”


• September 1st, 2017 • Posted in News

Brian Aldiss RIP

I started attending the London SF Meeting on the first Thursday of the month in November 1972 – at the Globe pub in Hatton Garden.  Met various people there, including Rob Holdstock and John Brunner – and Peter Nicholls,  who was then running the SF Foundation at the North-East London Polytechnic.  And I heard about SF conventions.  So I joined the 1973 Eastercon, OMPAcon, which took place at the Grand Hotel in Bristol.  Had a great time, met some people I still run into at cons.  On the Sunday night I left the con hall around 2am after watching DOCTOR STRANGELOVE. Walked into the bar (which was open as long as people wanted to drink) and saw Peter Nicholls sitting with others at a big, round table.  He waved me over.  As I sat down I realised I had Peter on one side of me, Brian Aldiss on the other and Jim and Judy Blish across the table.  Bloody hell. Brian and Jim were among my heroes – naturally enough.


We sat there chatting about life, the universe and everything.  Jim and Judy went to bed about 4.  Peter, Brian and I stayed there, drinking and talking, until breakfast time, when we decamped to the restaurant and ate a hearty meal.  I caught the train back to London later that Easter Monday morning, feeling ten feet in the air.  I had come home.


I didn’t see Brian again until the 1974 Eastercon in Newcastle. When I arrived and walked into the hotel bar he was ensconced in the corner, chatting to members of Hawkwind, who used to turn up at cons sometimes, back then.  I thought I’d say hello if I got a chance later in the weekend.  I was halfway to the bar when Brian shouted “Hello, John!  Not going to say hello!!!” Amazing. There are more stories over the 40-odd years since, but those early meetings, and the huge fun, stay with me always.  And I haven’t mentioned the magnificent novels and stories.  I think I might seek out a CD with All Creatures That on Earth Do Dwell tonight…


• August 21st, 2017 • Posted in News


Writer Shweta Taneja has joined the John Jarrold Literacy Agency.


Shweta is a fantasy author, comic writer and journalist based in India. She’s written seven books and two hundred articles in a career spanning fourteen years. She’s a Charles Wallace India Writing Fellow and was shortlisted for Best Writer Award in ComicCon India for The Skull Rosary.


Her graphic novel Krishna Defender of Dharma is part of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Recommended Lists. Her novels include Ghost Hunters of Kurseong, and How to Steal a Ghost @ Manipal.


The bestselling Anantya Tantrist Mysteries -The Matsya Curse and Cult of Chaos are published by HarperCollins in India. This is a series of adventures and cases solved by a female occult detective, Anantya Tantrist. Based in Delhi, the capital of India, the series takes readers through richly layered supernatural species and creatures, controlled by ruthless occultists called tantriks.


Anantya is 23 years old, the only female tantrik in India (female tantriks are not officially recognised by the Tantrik Association so what she’s doing is illegal), gutsy, expletive-spewing, colourful in her life choices and very entertaining.


The novel is written from a first-person point of view, where Anantya takes us through her rather psychedelic world, dealing with one monster at a time (be it human or otherwise) through wit and blood magic. The supernatural world and its species are based in myths and folklore of the Indian subcontinent.


The series is urban fantasy, comparable to John Constantine, Anita Blake and The Dresden Files.


John Jarrold said: “Shweta’s writing grabbed me immediately. Anantya is a wonderfully involving character and the books mix wit and horror brilliantly.”


Shweta Taneja said: “John has vast knowledge and experience when it comes to the speculative fiction genre and I’m thrilled to be represented by his agency.”


Shweta’s website is:



• August 21st, 2017 • Posted in News


Game designer and novelist Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan is the latest author to join the John Jarrold Literary Agency. Gareth describes himself as: “39, Irish, married, twin four-year-olds, generally affable”.

He has been heavily involved in the Paranoia roleplaying game – and there are exciting announcements coming soon on that front. He is the author of the Paranoia novel Reality Optional. He has also contributed short stories to the Stone Skin Press anthologies The Lion and the Aardvark and Schemers.

Gareth has recently worked on the award-winning DRACULA DOSSIER project with Pelgrane Press & Ken Hite ( – Stoker’s original text expanded and annotated as a spy novel, together with a plethora of roleplaying supplements based on it. He is presently working on CTHULHU CITY ( – a supplement of Mythos urban weirdness that mashes up all of Lovecraft’s cities, from Providence to R’lyeh.

His new novel is THE GUTTER PRAYER.


As above…

Guerdon is neutral in the Godswar – but can the rulers of this city of alchemists, thieves and priests keep the peace intact?

So below…

Three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man – are betrayed by the master of the thieves’ guild. What strange allies can they gather on their quest for revenge?


Gareth said:

“It’s a novel about how systems break down or mutate under pressure, and how individuals – unscrupulous or heroic – will get crushed by those systems unless they pick the right moment to act, and exert pressure in the right place. That’s likely an outgrowth of my background in tabletop game design – one of my strength is cohesive world building, and the world rarely respects the desires and drives of individuals except at certain pivotal moments.”

John Jarrold said:

“Gareth’s setting is wonderful – as are his characters (human and non-human) and their stories, the way they wind together and interact, and the decisions they make – or those that are forced upon them. His voice is fascinating and involving and this marks a new star of epic fantasy. You’ll be entranced, and sometimes you will shudder at the dark routes through the city’s underworld and the beings you encounter there.”


• July 25th, 2017 • Posted in News