Faber and Profile Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of a third novel in Francesca Simon’s Mortal Gods series. The deal for world rights was arranged by Rosemary Sandberg at Rosemary Sandberg Agents Ltd.
The new book will continue the adventures of the Carnegie-longlisted The Sleeping Army (published October 2011), which has sold nearly 50,000 copies across all editions to date. The Lost Gods, the eagerly awaited follow-up in the series for 8+ readers, will publish in hardback in September 2013 and the newly acquired third book will publish in autumn 2015.
‘Publishing is never a chore but rarely quite as much of a pleasure as when doing business with an author as fondly regarded and successful as Francesca Simon. That regard is true not only for her readers young and old, but for me personally: it’s been 36 years since we met. If only all longstanding friendships turned into books as original, exciting and full of thrills as Francesca’s Norse adventures. Long live her Gods!’ Andrew Franklin, Profile Books
‘Extremely funny, beautifully plotted, expertly crafted, Francesca Simon’s Mortal Gods series is a joy to publish. We could not be more thrilled!’ Leah Thaxton, Publisher, Faber Children’s Books