The latest issue of Watkins’ Mind, Body, Spirit magazine has an article by John Matthews on the origin of his quartet Red Dragon Rising. We published the first volume, The Sword of Ice and Fire, this year. It’s an interesting piece, describing his vision for the quartet and the even larger adult novel which will be the next step. He started from the thought: “what would it be like to be taught by Merlin?”
The Greystones Press
The Greystones Press is a small but perfectly formed independent publishing company, specializing in good adult and young adult fiction and adult non-fiction in areas that interest us.
These include literature, art, music, history, mythology and fairy tales.
Look under our Books page for details of our titles.
In time, our imprint White Sapphire Books will publish European literature in translation for both adults and teenagers.
We shall publish our titles in paperback and those without illustration also in ebook format.
See our Submissions page for details of the sort of books we are looking for.
Mind, Body, Spirit
Second Carnegie nomination for Greystones!
We are so pleased to tell you that Katherine Roberts’ Bone Music has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal!
This is the children’s book equivalent of the Man Booker Prize and all the books are nominated by librarians. Wish us luck for the longlist and shortlist stages. 20 copies have gone off to the judges, so fingers crossed!
(The first of our books to be nominated for this honour was The Ravenmaster’s Boy)
Greystones Press news
We have been busy at the Press preparing for our next two titles: the YA novel, Tell me no Truths by Gill Vickery and the adult novel Black Wings by Sophie Masson. I have today uploaded them for pre-order on Kindle. The next stage is epubs for all our titles.
Meanwhile, John Matthews’ The Sword of Ice and Fire has had a stunning review from Philip Womack in The Literary Review. (see that book page).
We have two new interns, Giorgia de Micheli working with us on Tell me no Truths and Adèle Burns taking on Black Wings. We’ve just put in the print orders for these two titles, which is exciting.
Watch this space for more news.
The Moon in Italy
Preview of autumn titles
No sooner had we launched our two YA novels in April (Bone Music and The Sword of Ice and Fire) than we were in the thick of the production process for the autumn titles. Black Wings is subtitled “a novel of the French Revolution,” and it does what it says on the tin. Sophie Masson is an Australian author of French parentage and is steeped in the history and culture of her first homeland. The novel, for adults, follows the fortunes of four friends in the Vendée, who range from aristocrat to peasant, and who get caught up in the turbulence of the times.
Here is a sneak preview of Justin Brown’s evocative cover:
Our other October title is another fine YA novel. Tell me no Truths is an exploration of family secrets, political treachery and murder. It features three 21st century teenagers in Florence whose paths cross when twin girls are exploring the past of their Italian grandfather with the Italian partisans in WW2 and a Goth boy is trying to track down an elusive writer whose murder mysteries he loves. The two quests intersect and overlap in surprising ways.
Justin Brown came up with another cracker of a cover for this too:
So watch out on our Author and Books pages, for more exciting news about both titles, due to be published in October.
Please join us on Thursday!
Press day in the Post Room
Well, our dining room actually! We have been parcelling up copies of Bone Music and The Sword of Ice and Fire (see our Books page) to go to reviewers and librarians. It requires our spreadsheets, stickers, compliments slips and many, many jiffy bags.
We hope for a great response on these two new YA novels, to be published on 5th April.
All good news here!
Where to begin? We’ve sold Rights to David: the Unauthorised Biography to Japan and are negotiating an American deal on The Celian Moment. The Ravenmaster’s Boy has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is on the shortlist for the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year. We’ve been getting excellent reviews for all this year’s titles and can’t wait to share next year’s with you.
Here’s a taster – the cover of Katherine Roberts’ Bone Music, a thrilling YA novel about the early years of Genghis Khan:
For more information, see our latest blog.
And a very happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. More news to come in the new year.
Alt-Write, the anthology
Here at the Greystones Press we have been busy commissioning, promoting and attempting to crowdfund a very special anthology for YA readers. For the full story do click on the blog to read all about it.
We are delighted that Mary Hoffman’s The Ravenmaster’s Boy has been shortlisted for the Hillingdon Secondary Book Award. The winner won’t be announced till May 2018, when Mary will attend the “finale” working with children on a presentation complete with props. Ravens? Executioner’s axe?
Next spring’s books
A very exciting day today as two new YA novels have gone off to the copy-editor! We have signed contracts with Katherine Roberts (prize-winning author of I am the Great Horse among others) for Bone Music: the Legend of Genghis Khan and with John Matthews for The Sword of Ice and Fire, a very personal re-interpretation of the youth of King Arthur.
Bone Music is for the very top end of Young Adult reading since, as you might imagine, any story featuring Temujin is going to contain violence and sex. It is a fabulous re-creation of life in the Steppes in the 12th century and the three main characters are unforgettable.
John Matthews has written many books of fiction and non-fiction on Arthurian myth and legend and is steeped in Celtic lore. This is the first in a planned quartet about Arthur and his quest for the four Hallows. You will meet Merlin, Nimue, Bercilak, the Questing Beast, but not as you know them from Malory.
Great review from Maxim Jakubowski
Amy Lovell’s When she was Bad has received a wonderful review on Maxim’s new blog on Crime Time. Click to read or go to the Books page.
Greystones Press internships
We are delighted to welcome Raphaele Freire Limas and Rebecca McDowell to the team. You can read more about them over on the Blog.
Dreaming of the sun?
Today, 28th June, we begin a price promotion on The Italian for Love by Kate Snow. You can buy the ebook version for 99p on Amazon. Only two days before it goes up to £1.99 so hurry!
It’s the perfect holiday reading, whether you are lucky enough to be going to Italy or just stuck in a grey place dreaming of the sun.
Claire flees from a controlling husband in an unsatisfactory marriage to find love in Italy and to buy a house and write a best-selling book about it. It all happens – but not in the expected order. It to succeed, Claire finds herself caught in a web of lies.