Klaus Flugge, founder and publisher at Andersen Press, sounds rather pleased that Melvin Burgess is to return to his fiction list: “I am very proud to be Melvin Burgess’ first ever publisher, working with him since 1990 through major successes including winning the Carnegie Medal in 1996 with Junk. To bring him back to our list with The Lost Witch feels like a real homecoming and we’re delighted to be publishing such a fantastic book.”
As for how the author feels: “I’m delighted to be back with Andersen Press. Small is beautiful as they say, and small publishers don’t get any prettier than Andersen. Special thanks go to my editor Charlie Shepherd, it was she who suggested witches in the first place and guided me all the way through.” And, rather tellingly, he adds, “Hard experience has taught me that I cannot do good without a good editor, and Charlie is the best.”
The Press Release has rather a good headline: The Godfather of YA Is Back: Melvin Burgess Returns to Andersen Press with The Lost Witch
The book sounds rather different from what we are used to from Melivn Burgess. It’s described as “a powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts… Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help… All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is – who can she trust?”
I shall be hoping for a book as good as Bloodtide.
Things have been quiet on the Melvin Burgess front for a good while, so it’s good to hear him say, “The Lost Witch is the first book that I’ve felt really committed to for a long time. It’s given me a chance to explore a world that people everywhere believed in for hundreds of thousands of years and rebuilding that world in the modern day has been a remarkable experience. I hope that comes across in the reading of it.”
The book’s release will be backed up by a large scale publicity and marketing campaign, with appearances from Melvin at festivals and events over the summer and autumn, including special events at YALC, Edinburgh International Book Festival and more.
Andersen Press will release The Lost Witch in hardback on 2nd August.