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Key title The long-buried secrets of the Old Kingdom and the Ninth Gate are revealed in the sequel to Sabriel and Lirael. Major marketing campaign to accompany the launch of this title. Sabriel was launched in in September 2002 and become our most successful hardback subscription ever. Sabriel was shortlisted for Nibbies Virgin Newcomer of the Year Award. Major deal signed with Garth Nix for a new 7-book series and 3 stand-alone novels, making HarperCollins his exclusive UK Publisher. On its US publication in Spring 2003, Abhorsen spent three weeks in the NYTimes Top Ten and went straight to Number One in the Publisher's Weekly listings. Competition: Pullman, Tolkien
Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, and lots of books.
Abhorsen is the long-awaited third companion to Garth Nix's young adult titles Sabriel and Lirael. Unfortunately, many readers are inclined to ignore titles that have been marketed at teenagers. While these three can be given to teenage readers with confidence, they have a passion that will appeal to anyone with an appetite for real adventure. Anyone foolish enough to believe that a book cannot appeal as much to adults as teenagers may well find themselves dealing with the angry ghosts of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Abhorsen is set in a land divided, a land split by a great wall. On one side, science rules; on the other, magic prevails. Great evils stalk both lands and Sabriel, Lirael and Sameth must each in turn put aside the things of youth and take up the ancient enchantments of their heritage to set the world to rights. Along the way each of them will find out who and what they are and unlock the secrets of an ancient magic. As the third volume of this epic trilogy, Abhorsen easily lives up to the high standard of the first two. A must for the lover of high adventure, whatever their age. Stefen Brazulaitis is a bookseller at Dymocks Carousel. C. 2002 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors.
"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters-and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." Publishers Weekly "Fans will be overjoyed." School Library Journal Praise for Sabriel! "Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. I congratulate Garth Nix." Philip Pullman "Fast pace, drama, vivid descriptions, excitement and humour! What more could you want?" The Guardian "Every publisher thinks they have the next great children's fantasy writer. Harper Collins know they have." Nick Holt, AML