We have some very exciting news! We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of The October Man, a brand-new novella from bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch. Expanding the author’s Rivers of London world, readers will be introduced to the investigations of Detective Tobias Winter as he uncovers the truth behind a savage murder in Trier, Germany. The October Man will be co-published by Gollancz and US publisher Subterranean Press.
Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director of Gollancz, who did the deal with John Berlyne of Zeno Agency Ltd, says: ‘The novella is becoming an increasingly successful and vibrant format in publishing and, as the success of his bestselling novella The Furthest Station showed, Ben Aaronovitch is gifted at writing them. It’s fabulous to welcome a new detective to the Rivers of London universe.’
‘We’re delighted to be publishing signed, numbered and lettered editions of The October Man, on the heels of our first novella with Ben, The Furthest Station,’ adds William Schafer, publisher of Subterranean Press. ‘With its unrivalled wit and rightfully beloved characters, the Rivers of London series is one of our favourites. We’re so pleased to be a part of its story.’
Ben Aaronovitch says: ‘So you thought Britain was the only country with cops who do magic? Think again. I’m very happy that Gollancz are willing to continue my foray into novellas. The series has always had lots of avid fans in Germany and I thought it was about time they had their own character and we learnt what their wizards have been up to.’
John Berlyne, of Zeno Agency Ltd, says: ‘As Ben’s fantastic fiction continues to hit bestseller lists across Europe, I couldn’t be happier that Gollancz and Subterranean have taken on this exciting new novella. Ben’s publishing is in great hands.’
A former bookseller, Ben Aaronovitch became a full-time writer in 2009 following the incredible success of his debut novel Rivers of London. A Londoner himself, the city has always been his inspiration and its distinctive character is part of what makes this exceptional series so special.
Feast your eyes on the stunning cover for The October Man! The October Man will available in hardback, ebook and audio download in bookshops and online on the 13th June 2019. Pre-order your copy from Amazon, Waterstones and Kindle.