Troika Books Press release: Troika Books acquisition news 4 November 2013
Womack trilogy The Darkening Path to Troika Books
Troika Books, the new children’s independent set up by veteran
publisher Martin West is pleased to announce a major acquisition for
2014. The company has acquired The Darkening Path, a fantasy trilogy by
Philip Womack, acclaimed author of The Other Book and The Liberators. The first book in the trilogy will publish in June 2014.
“The Darkening Path is a superlatively well-written quest adventure
that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the opening page
to the very last word,” says West, “Taking as its starting point
Browning’s poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, the book tells the
story of a boy called Simon who must undertake a dangerous journey into
a brilliantly realised underworld to save his little sister. It is
reminiscent of Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, intelligent fantasy for
young readers of the very highest order. We are anticipating excellent
review coverage and are hopeful of prize short-listings too.”
Troika’s promotional plans include trade support and a PR campaign.
Proofs of book one, The Darkening Path, will be available in January.
West acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Tom Williams at the Williams Agency.
Plus, Troika Books bringing Snowy back at last
Troika Books has also acquired rights in Berlie Doherty’s much-loved
picture book Snowy and will reissue it in February next year. Snowy is
the story of Rachel, who lives on a canal barge, Snowy is the white
horse who pulls her boat. “Snowy won the Children’s Book Award for the
best picture book of the year on publication in 1993 and is a favourite
with many readers, booksellers and librarians. But it has been
unavailable for some years,” says West. “I am thrilled to be bringing
this outstanding children’s book back into print and immensely proud to
have Berlie Doherty, one of our finest children’s authors, on the Troika
For further information contact:
020 8889 1292 / 07807893369
Notes for editors
Martin West began his long career in children’s books at Oxford
University Press and Blackie before launching his own list Happy Cat
Books. He founded Catnip Publishing in 2005 and joined Ragged Bears in
2009. He launched Troika Books in Spring 2013. Launch titles included
Bocchi and Pocchi A Tale of Two Socks, a stylish and quirky picture book
by debut artist Noriko Matsubara, as well as new books from
award-winning children’s authors Bernard Ashley and Hilda Offen.
Troika Books sales are handled by Target Sales and distribution is
through Orca Book Services. Petula Chaplin handles foreign rights sales.