Paul Kearney signs two-book deal

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired two new novels by Paul Kearney, set on the same world as his successful Solaris novel The Ten Thousand. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.

These novels, entitled Corvus and Kings of Morning, are due for delivery in 2010 and early 2011 respectively.

“The immediacy of Paul’s prose and characterisation always puts me in mind of David Gemmell, who I was lucky enough to publish in the mid-1990s,” said John Jarrold. “With The Ten Thousand he has created a world ripe for re-visiting. Can’t wait to read these books! And I’m very pleased to have concluded my first deal with Jon Oliver and the ‘new’ Solaris.”

Joseph D’Lacey, author of the highly-praised ecological horror novels Meat and The Garbage Man, has become the latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency. He won the British Fantasy Society’s Best Newcomer Award at the British Fantasy Convention earlier this month.

D’Lacey’s novels have drawn praise from both sides of the Atlantic. John Jarrold said: “His BFS award is truly merited. He’s a very special author, who can make the reader care about characters with whom we might not immediately find much in common. And the pace and intensity of his story-telling, which draws you in irresistibly, is remarkable.”

Jarrold will be discussing future novels from Joseph D’Lacey with publishers in London and New York.

Fantasy Book Review interviewed John Jarrold in September 2009.

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