Pan Macmillan has bought a further three novels in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series.
Editorial director Bella Pagan bought world rights from Lucienne Diver at the Knight Agency.
The “witty and wonderful” Invisible Library series and its standalone sequels are billed as “wonderfully entertaining fantasy romps” drawing comparisons to the likes of Terry Pratchett and Ben Aaronovitch.
The next title, The Mortal Word, will be published in December, with the three new titles scheduled from 2019.
The series follows the exploits of resourceful librarian spy Irene Winters, as she hunts down dangerous books for a secretive inter-dimensional library. This results in “peril, hijinks and high drama” across a variety of locations and time periods, from Victorian London to Prohibition-era America.
Cogman, who is based in the north of England, said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have the chance to continue this series and inflict more perils on Irene. It's been fantastic to see how much people have been enjoying the books."
“Genevieve has perfected a sparkling mix of brilliant quirky personalities, heroics, action, dry wit and saving-of-the-day,” Pagan said. “I love these books to bits and her readers have such a treat in store.”
The Invisible Library, published in 2015, was Cogman's debut novel; she previously worked as a freelance roleplaying game writer. She is also the author of The Masked City, The Burning Page and The Lost Plot, all in The Invisible Library series (all published by Pan Macmillan).
Cogman was influenced by J R R Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes from an early age and went on to receive an MSc in statistics with medical applications.
She has previously worked as a clinical coder, data analyst and classifications specialist.