Bartimaeus prequel from Stroud due in 2010

<p>Random House Children&#39;s Books has acquired UK and Commonwealth English language rights in a prequel by Jonathan Stroud to his bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy. <br /><br />The prequel will follow Bartimaeus&#39; adventures during his 5,000-year career as a djinn, and is out in autumn 2010. </p><p>Stroud said: &quot;I thought it would be fun to do something with Bartimaeus again. I didn&#39;t want to write a sequel but to explore his past. In the trilogy he name-dropped all sorts of historical figures and places and we&#39;ve never known if his accounts were true or not.&quot;<br /><br />Sales for the trilogy in the UK have topped &pound;2.1m, and it has sold into 37 countries. <br />&nbsp;</p>