Gollancz has acquired three new novels from fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, the author’s first full novels in almost 10 years.
Commissioning editor Marcus Gipps acquired the rights to the three books, a series beginning with The Whispering Swarm, from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Howard Morhaim of the Morhaim Literary Agency.
The Whispering Swarm is set in post-Second World War London, and follows a young man called Michael Moorcock. It is described as “part-autobiography, part-story”, with Moorcock mixing in elements of his real life - his first job on Fleet Street, and the initial stirrings of his interest in writing - with adventures in parallel universes peopled with highwaywomen, musketeers and magicians.
In what Gollancz called a “remarkable coincidence”, a number of scenes in The Whispering Swarm take place around Carmelite House on Victoria Embankment, which will become the new HQ for Hachette-owned Gollancz later this year.
Gipps said: “The Whispering Swarm is a delight, merging elements of Mike’s life with his traditional brilliant fantasy. He’s the most influential fantasy writer alive, and this is one of his best. We’ve been thrilled to republish 31 books of Mike’s remarkable backlist over the past few years. Now that Gollancz’s Michael Moorcock Collection is complete, it’s brilliant to be publishing a dazzling, mercurial new series that will introduce new readers to the life and works of a legendary figure.”
The Whispering Swarm will be published in £25 hardback, £16.99 trade paperback and £12.99 e-book on 16th July, with the following two novels coming over the next three years.