Francesca Tristan Barbini of Luna Press Publishing has acquired World English rights in three further volumes of the Troutespond series of YA novels by young novelist Elizabeth Priest. The agent was John Jarrold.
Luna have published the first three books in the series – Concrete Faery, The Changeling’s Choice and Midsummer Dance – since November 2018.
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.
“I was delighted to do this deal on the same day that Midsummer Dance was published,” said John Jarrold. “I’ve been very impressed with Luna’s enthusiasm and dedication. This is a wonderful series, mixing thrills, humour and darkness. Congratulations to Lizzy Priest!”
Francesca Tristan Barbini said: “I am particularly proud of her achievement, as I met Elizabeth at Eastercon in Bradford, back in 2013. Even then she was a determined young writer. For me, to see her hard work come to life in such an exciting way is truly a joy. Concrete Faery was a marvellous debut, The Changeling’s Choice marked a truly fun and filled Launch party at Eastercon 2019, and today, Midsummer Dance, arrives just in time for the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Dublin Worldcon 2019.
“I am thrilled to work once again with both Lizzy and John Jarrold. Bede Rogerson is also returning to continue the stunning work on Lizzy’s covers. Concrete Faery won him his first Shortlist for the BSFA Awards!”
Praise for Concrete Faery:
5* “What a funny, fresh and humorous take on teenager and magic! It had a very Terry Pratchett feel about it, thanks to the main characters’ quick wit.” Amazon
5* “I loved it. Its quirky and it reminded me of Terry Pratchett. If only because the sentences were such a joy to behold, the jokes were sharp and the elfs were nasty.” Goodreads
4* “Just like “The Hobbit”, but with 400% more women, so “Concrete Faery” clearly wins.” Goodreads