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Garth Nix



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Allen & Unwin
29 September 2020
GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A wonderful new Urban Fantasy that I struggled to put down and a definite must-read for fans of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant (Rivers of London) series.
Set in a 'slightly alternate' 1983 London, where the vibrant glow of the 1970's still lingers, scuffing its feet sullenly across the ancient cobblestones. This is the classic Urban Fantasy tale: The feel-good rush of endearing characters you love, trying to stay alive long enough to solve 'the mystery'.  
There's everything you need. An ancient order of booksellers (the left-handed ones do the fighting). Old World entities, some benign and some... um... more on the malignant side. A police force that's caught in the middle. An ancient country and a very old city that's been gently twisted, just enough, to expose the cracks where the old things seep through. Thoroughly steeped in charm. Well plotted by a proper storyteller. Subtle and exquisite world building. Utterly compelling and believable. What more could you need? Craig Slater

Quite possibly my favourite Garth Nix to date, my awe at this author’s ability to tell a story and manipulate words is renewed tenfold. Based in an alternate version of London in the year of 1983, this is a refreshing urban fantasy that perfectly navigates the line between young adult and adult fiction. With progressive and interesting characters, the plot is immaculately conceived and executed, and will keep readers glued to the page from cover to cover. Nikole Evans


Eighteen-year-old art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in search of her father. But before she can question crime boss Frank Thringley he's turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin. Merlin is one of the youngest members of a secret society of booksellers with magical powers who police the mythic Old World wherever it impinges on the New World - in addition to running several bookshops, of course! Merlin also has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who arranged the murder of his mother. Their investigations attract attention from enemies of the Old and New Worlds. Soon they become involved in an even more urgent task to recover the grail that is the source of the left-handed booksellers' power, before it is used to destroy the booksellers and rouse the hordes of the mythic past. As the search for the grail becomes strangely intertwined with both their quests, they start to wonder... Is Susan's long-lost father a bookseller, or something altogether more mysterious?
By:   Garth Nix
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   466g
ISBN:   9781760631246
ISBN 10:   1760631248
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 99 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series: Sabriel; Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade's Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt's Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series; and Frogkisser! which is being developed as a film by Fox/Disney. His short fiction includes more than 60 published stories, some of them collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. His most recent novel is Angel Mage. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. More than six million copies of Garth's books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller and others, and his work has been translated into 42 languages. He has won multiple Aurealis Awards, the Ditmar Award, the Mythopoeic Award, CBCA Honour Book, and has been shortlisted for the Locus Awards, the Shirley Jackson Award and others.

  • Commended for Writing for Young Adults 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Best Young Adult Novel 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for ABIA Awards 2020 (Australia)

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