John Jarrold’s Corner: Two Client Deals with Solaris

29 Apr

Hey everyone, hope your Thursday has been awesome so far!

I’ve got two lots of great news from John Jarrold, both new deals with Solaris Books!

Here’s the first:


28th April 2010
Oxford, UK:

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired a new Science-Fiction (SF) novel from Eric Brown, KINGS OF ETERNITY. The agent is John Jarrold, and the deal is for UK/US rights. The book is due for publication in the spring of 2011.

“Eric has been one of the world’s most consistent – and consistently enjoyable – SF novelists for over two decades,” said John Jarrold. “He has a very happy home with Solaris and this marks his eighth book with them.”

Jonathan Oliver said: “It’s a great pleasure to be continuing to work with Eric, who is one of the shining stars of science-fiction. I’m very excited about Kings of Eternity, as it is just one of the best SF novels I’ve read in the past ten years. A truly extraordinary book.”

I’ve yet to read Eric Brown’s work, but he is highly recommended by plenty of readers, so hopefully I get time to get caught up. 🙂 Great news for SF, Eric and Solaris!

Next up, get ready to meet Desdaemona:


28th April 2010
Oxford, UK:

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired the opening volume -Desdaemona- of a fascinating urban fantasy series from pseudonymous author ‘Ben Macallan’.

Jay finds people – runaways. He looks like a teenager, but he’s not. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural, including the awesome Powers That Be. Desdaemona, who also knows the non-human world far too well, comes to him, searching for her lost sister Fay who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal before disappearing. This may be a mistake – for both of them. Not least because of those whose attention is drawn to them…

“Ben’s urban fantasy novel is wise, witty and terrific fun,” Jonathan Oliver said. “It’s great to find a work that does something different with the genre while still managing to be a ripping good yarn.”

The agent is John Jarrold, and the deal is for UK/US rights. The book is due for publication in the summer of 2011.

I’m definitely curious about the book, and about just who this ‘Ben Macallan’ is… 🙂 James Frey? 😉

Great news for all of us – more books to keep and eye out for and read! 🙂



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2 responses to “John Jarrold’s Corner: Two Client Deals with Solaris

  1. Mark Chitty

    April 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Dave, you really have to read Eric Brown. I really can’t stress that enough – he’s one of the best sci-fi authors out there and writes exceptional stories about very real characters. I’d recommend Kethani. a collection of short stories linked by some short narratives about the first alien contact and the way it effects the lives of a group of friends. I gave it 10/10 and it left a lasting impression. I’ll even buy you a copy and send it myself!

  2. Dave-Brendon de Burgh

    April 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I know, I know! I’ve even got two of his books and just need to make time for them, but hell with all the awesome books available… I will fix the situation, though, and I’ll have a review up soon for David William’s Mirrored Heavens, so will be highlighting SF on the blog. 🙂 And I will get to Mr Brown, count on it!

    I’d love to take you up on your very generous offer, Mark! Haven’t ever seen Kethani here in SA. 😦


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