King’s Company Out!

9781908041197We’re delighted to welcome our first debut author in children’s literature as ‘King’s Company’ begins to ship. It’s a wonderful tale in the great tradition of British historical children’s fiction, with an exciting plot, memorable characters and a real evocation of another age. Jessamy has a tremendous feel for the texture of medieval life, whether it’s the withered apples kept in straw until spring or the sharp scent of a newly-built wooden palisade; but none of this is there for show – it builds the sense of immediacy that makes this such a rattling good yarn. Jessemy will be posting some guest blogs with us over the coming weeks. We’re also hoping for some great reviews for a book we’re proud to have published. Meanwhile, spread the word! You’ll find King’s Company in all good physical bookshops and from certain online retailers: but best of all, you can order your copy direct from us right here.

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Raumschiff Orion: Another One That Got Away…

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Europe’s answer to Star Trek? Books of the series that are actually worth reading?? Never before available in English?! Well, we were excited when we came across these sci-fi novels based on the ’60s TV series ‘Space Patrol; Orion’ (‘Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion’ in the original German). They were penned by one of the creators of the TV series, Hans Kneifel, which is probably why they work as novels, without the mechanical feel of many TV tie-ins. Raumpatrouille only ran for seven episodes – it was a joint French-German production, and even in black and white and with sets partly constructed from futuristic hair-driers, there wasn’t the money for any more. They are, however, a wonder in themselves: wildy inventive, a groovy jazz soundtrack, and great characterisation. They retain cult status in Germany. where the Orion book franchise stands at over a hundred titles. But as so often it’s copyright, and particularly the job of tracing the rights holders, that has scuppered our attempts to bring them to an unsuspecting English-speaking audience. The TV company denies knowledge of who owns the rights. The German publishers don’t hold translation rights. The author, sadly, died a few years back. Months of e-mails and calls have been of no avail. So the project is now formally in suspended animation. Maybe one day…

Publishers We Love No 1

musselfeast_web_0As publishers, we spend a fair amount of time looking at what others do; and some of it is very impressive. So we thought we’d share a few of our favourite publishing firms over the next few weeks, starting with the excellent Peirene Press. Their speciality is new European literature – short novels or novellas – not yet translated into English. They are available individually but Peirene encourage you to subscribe, so you have a book arrive out of the blue every few months. They are beautifully-designed and produced but still affordable: they use quality paper and paperback bindings with flaps (strange how that one touch lifts a book). And it’s a delight to come across authors with such diverse backgrounds and interests, of which ‘The Mussel Feast’ is just one example: “A mother and her two teenage children sit at the dinner table. In the middle stands a large pot of cooked mussels. Why has the father not returned home? As the evening wears on, we glimpse the issues that are tearing this family apart.”

Finally, Peirene Press itself has a very distinctive personality. We won’t try and describe it: the blog is the best place to sample this.

New Website Live

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 13.31.40It’s on the same address – www.indiebooks.co.uk – but it not only looks a lot better, you can also subscribe for e-mail updates and buy books direct from us, rather than troubling those nice people at Amazon. If you have any suggestions or spot any errors, please do let us know.