'Fantasy legend' Gemmell published in audio for first time

'Fantasy legend' Gemmell published in audio for first time

Hachette and Orion are publishing the entire works of late fantasy novelist David Gemmell in audio for the first time. He was counted as a staple of the UK fantasy scene until his death in 2006.

Orion Audio and Hachette Audio jointly acquired world audio rights from Anna Carmichael and Ben Fowler at Abner Stein (on behalf of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency) for Gemmell's full works.

Altogether 33 titles will now be moving into production including Legend and the Drenai series, the Rigante series, and the Troy series which was completed posthumously by Stella Gemmell.

The entire, unabridged backlist of Gemmell will now be available to an audio audience for the first time, with the first titles published this summer.

The publishers are collaborating with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to make the titles available via the charity’s Talking Books service.

The first new recording released is Gemmell’s never-before-seen crime novel, Rhyming Rings, which will be published in tandem with the hardback in May 2017. Gollancz acquired the novel last year after the text was recovered from his archives by his widow.

His most famous work, Legend, after which the David Gemmel Legend Award is named, will follow on in June.