UK deal announced for Gideon Smith books two and three

SB logoDelighted to announce, via my agent John Jarrold, that Snowbooks, who published the UK edition of GIDEON SMITH and the MECHANICAL GIRL have bought rights for UK editions of books two and three – GIDEON SMITH and the BRASS DRAGON and GIDEON SMITH and the MASK OF THE RIPPER. Full press release from John Jarrold below:


Emma Barnes, Managing Director at Snowbooks, has acquired UK rights in the second and third Gideon Smith steampunk novels by David Barnett from the rights department at Tor Books in New York, having published the first, GIDEON SMITH AND THE MECHANICAL GIRL, in September 2013 to good sales and reviews.

Emma Barnes said: “Snowbooks is enjoying good times at the moment, not least because our recent publication of the first in the Gideon Smith series has been widely acclaimed. We’re so thrilled that we will continue to be David’s publisher in the UK and look forward to doing his writing proud.”

David Barnett is an author and award-winning journalist. He was born in Wigan in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since he was 19 years old. He is currently Assistant Editor (Content) at the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford, West Yorkshire, following a 24 year career in newspapers, predominantly as a writer/editorial manager for regional newspapers but which has also included work for publications as diverse as the Daily Star and the Guardian Online. He is the author of three published novels, HINTERLAND (2005) and ANGELGLASS (2007 – described by the Guardian as “stunning”), both published by Immanion Press, and popCULT! (2011), Pendragon Press. In 2009 Immanion Press brought out a collection comprising a novella and 13 short stories, THE JANUS HOUSE AND OTHER TWO-FACED TALES. He is married to Claire, also an award-winning journalist, and they have two children, Charlie and Alice.

Agent John Jarrold sold World English Language rights in all three titles to Claire Eddy at Tor. The second book, GIDEON SMITH AND THE BRASS DRAGON, is due for publication in September 2014 on both sides of the Atlantic, with the third to follow a year later.

Contact John Jarrold or Emma Barnes for further details.

John Jarrold – e-mail: phone: 01522 510544
Emma Barnes – e-mail:

5th December 2013


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