News Update: Big things are happening

Hey guys,
It’s been a good while since my last update and there’s been a LOT going on. So I’m going to try and do a quick roundup of some of the most important stuff:

First congratulations are in order for Jo heself who has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her spectacular editing. Well done!

We are also happy to say that two of our books, Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord and Tom Pollock’s The City’s Son, were longlisted for the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker prize.

Huge congratulations also to JFB author David Hair, who has just won New Zealand’s LIANZA Children’s Book Award for YA Fiction for his novel Pyre of Queens. The LIANZA Awards are chosen by Librarians for outstanding children’s literature in New Zealand, and I know David’s thrilled.

Pyre of Queens is the first book in his series Return of Ravana, based on the great Indian epic The Ramayana and published by Penguin NZ.

David’s first novel for adults, the exceptionally wonderful Mage’s Blood, is the first in his epic fantasy series The Moontide; we’ll be publishing it in October, so you don’t have long to wait now!

I mentioned The City’s Son and last night was our amazing launch party in (where else?) Forbidden Planet. Tom sold 70 copies of his new novel, beating their last record-holder Scott Lynch, whose total was 46. There’s an email from Forbidden Planet with the details below:

Hello – and thank you for last night. That all went wonderfully well!

I’ve checked with Alex this morning, and we had 100 books in total, of which 20 moved though Mail Order and we had 10 signed on pre-order in the office.

That still means through, that there were 70 books on the table and 70 books sold on the night – passing Scott Lynch’s previous record of 46 by a sizeable margin.

So congratulations all round!!

Also, please can we ask Tom to pop back in (as soon as he can please!) and sign some more stock for us?

Thank you,


Danie Ware

For those of you who missed out but would like to see him, Tom will be at Blackwells for a YA day on Saturday 18th starting at 2pm.

Over and out!

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