Australia! New Zealand! Calling Major Tom has landed!

cmt-internationalOn January 31, 2017, a special international trade paperback edition of CALLING MAJOR TOM is made available in Australia, New Zealand… which essentially means you lucky people get a dedicated physical copy five whole months before the UK.

Why? Well, because you’re all lovely, lovely people is why. I should know – my mum’s cousin lives in Sydney (hello Brenda) and has three Aussie-born kids (who are now probably nearly as old as me (hello Susan, Leslie and Scott). Also, Hachette’s Australian operation read an early draft of the book and thought it so funny they demanded their own edition, to come out before any whingeing Poms got their hands on it. Continue reading


Absolutely over the moon (heh) to announce that my novel CALLING MAJOR TOM, written as DAVID M BARNETT, is going to be published as one of the launch titles for the new Orion imprint, TRAPEZE BOOKS. Full release below:

For immediate release, March 11 2016

Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett

will be published by Trapeze on 18 May 2017

in paperback £7.99, eBook £7.99

Sam Eades, Senior Commissioning Editor at Orion, has acquired World Rights (All Languages) for Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett in a one book deal struck by John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Sam Eades said: “CALLING MAJOR TOM is a very British A Man Called Ove and I’ve fallen head over heels with each and every character. It is the heart-warming and ultimately life-affirming story of a man who has given up on the world, but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you will cheer on all the curmudgeons in your life.”

David M Barnett said: “I woke up on the morning of my birthday to find out that not only had another year of my 40s seemed to have suddenly zoomed by, but to cap it all David Bowie had died. A few days later I saw the astronaut Tim Peake on the news, having become the first Briton to do a spacewalk, and all this made the mental rockets start firing. What if you were so grumpy, so fed up with life, that you literally wanted to get away from it all? And where better to go than space? The flip-side of that, of course, is that while astronauts are doing hugely exciting things up there, the rest of us are struggling along with our day to day lives and problems. Calling Major Tom was born out of wondering what would happen if those two worlds collided – the astronaut in splendid isolation far above the world and a normal family back on Earth. Of course, there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ family – they’re all problematic and dysfunctional in their own ways. So it’s really about unlikely friendships, facing up to problems life throws at us, and finding a chance at redemption in the most unexpected places.”

John Jarrold said: “This is an exciting new imprint, and Sam Eades’ proactive enthusiasm since she first contacted me and wanted to talk about involving David Barnett has been a delight. David’s writing overflows with warmth, wit and humanity – and this book will use all those aspects wonderfully well.”

David Barnett is an author and journalist based in West Yorkshire. After a career working for regional newspapers he embarked upon a freelance career writing features for most of the UK national press. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Gideon Smith series of Victorian fantasies, published by Tor Books, and teaches journalism part-time at Leeds Trinity University. David was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and is married to Claire, also a journalist. They have two children, Charlie and Alice.

For further information please contact Sam Eades
on 020 3122 7195 or via email:

Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper – first reviews

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Hello, so we’re in publication week for Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper, the third book in the Gideon Smith series from Tor Books (US) and Snowbooks (UK). Let’s have a look at some early reviews! Extracts below, click for full review. And click here for where to buy.

The third installment of Barnett’s lively Victorian pulp/steampunk adventure series…Barnett creates some provocative and genuinely dark moments, and an intriguing cliffhanger sets up his next book. Fans of pulp adventure and steampunk settings will enjoy this strong series. – Publishers Weekly

With a diverse cast of characters and delightfully despicable villains, I found Barnett’s writing to be honest, compelling and clever. I am completely invested in the Gideon Smith series. Mr. Barnett, you’ve made me a fan. – Pop Kernal

This is the third of David Barnett’s marvellous steampunk novels chronicling the real-life penny-dreadful adventures of Gideon Smith, Hero of the Empire…It all makes for a busy book, but one that’s as much fun as a ride on the brass dragon. – Toronto Star/Hamilton Spectator

Perfect for fans of Mark Hodder’s “Burton & Swinburne” adventures. – Library Journal

“Fresh and exciting” – Don DaMassa

Gimme Gideon

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So you want to buy GIDEON SMITH AND THE MASK OF THE RIPPER. Good for you! But where do you get this tome? Well, there’s always your local bricks-and-mortar bookshop. If they don’t have it in stock (and shame on them if that’s the case!) they can definitely order if in for you. Give yourself extra points if it’s an indie bookshop – they need your business.

But in the interests of completeness, here’s how to get a bit of Gideon in your life from pretty much everywhere:










Gaiman to write Sandman-meets-My Little Pony miniseries

 (Please note: this was an April Fool prank. I was planning to delete it but it proved sort of popular, so I’ll leave it up. It even prompted this wonderful illustration from Butterwort on Twitter)



Neil Gaiman is to return once again to the Sandman comics that made his name… but this time set in the world of children’s toy franchise My Little Pony.


The six-issue series “Death Comes To Equestria” will be published in a joint initiative by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which published Gaiman’s highly-acclaimed Sandman run, and IDW, which holds the licence for My Little Pony from toy manufacturer Hasbro.

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