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From the bestselling author of Angel Mage, this new fantasy adventure set in 1980s London follows one girl’s quest to find her father, leading her to a secret society of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World when it disastrously intrudes into the modern world.

 

 

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?

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is out this October, published by Allen and Unwin.

 

 

• 2019’s Angel Mage was the #1 YA book in Australia for four weeks running

• More than 6 million copies of Garth Nix’s books have sold worldwide

• ‘A witty, clever adventure in an exquisitely detailed world…’ – Veronica Roth

• ‘Nix is a master of the genre…’ – Sarah J. Maas

• ‘This is my favorite kind of tale, one where the magic and the real nest together like pages in a book.’ – V.E. Schwab

 

 

Watch Garth Nix tell you about The Left-Handed Booksellers of London!

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. 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.

 

 

It was 5:42 a.m. on May Day, 1983, in the west of England, and a sliver of the sun had edged above the ridge. But it was still cool and almost dark in the shallow valley, where the brook ran clear and straight until it made a sweeping left-hand curve before the weir a mile farther downstream…

Can’t wait to get started? Enter 1980s London now with this extract.

 

 

Be one of the first to read The Left-Handed Booksellers of London! For your chance to win one of five advanced reading copies, email childrensmarketing@allenandunwin.com and tell us in 25 words or less why you can’t wait to jump in to Garth Nix’s new fantasy world. The five most creative answers win!

 

 

 

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