Bookworm audiobook now available

The Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall, is being released in unabridged audiobook format this summer by Tantor Media, narrated by Zehra Jane Naqvi.

Bookworm, the first book in the series, is now available to buy as a downloadable audiobook from Apple iTunes and Audible. The rest of the series will follow over the coming weeks.

 

Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling fantasy Bookworm series to be released as unabridged audiobooks

The Bookworm series will become the first Elsewhen Press titles available on audiobook, in transatlantic deal announced with Tantor Media Inc.

DARTFORD, KENT – 03 April 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the signing of a deal with Tantor Media Inc. for the unabridged audiobook rights to Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm series.

Bookworm cover image   Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image   Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com   Artwork: Alison Buck

Bookworm is an Epic Fantasy series that follows Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent working as a librarian in the Great Library in Golden City. Her life changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge that was locked away was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine struggles with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge, while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread. Meanwhile, a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Through the four books in the series, Elaine grows in self-awareness and resolve as she tries to unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, discover the truth about her own origins and stop the evil that threatens those she loves, Golden City, and her entire world.

Peter Buck, editorial director of Elsewhen Press said “This is the first time any of our titles will have been released as an audiobook. We are thrilled to begin with Christopher Nuttall’s fantastic Bookworm series and hope this is the start of a long relationship with Tantor.”

Scott Smith, who acquired the Bookworm series for Tantor Media, said “Christopher is one of the top Fantasy and Science Fiction authors out there right now so we’re beyond excited to be working with him and Elsewhen Press in getting the Bookworm series published in audio.”

“We’re thrilled to be entering into this new partnership with Elsewhen Press,” said Ron Formica, director of acquisitions for Tantor Media. “Tantor has a strong catalog of fantasy and science fiction audiobooks, and adding an author of Christopher’s caliber is very exciting for us.”

Book one in the Bookworm series is expected to release in audio in June 2017 and will be available through major retailers, the rest of the series will release throughout 2017.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a large number of novels. The Royal Sorceress was the first of his novels to be published by Elsewhen Press, quickly followed by Bookworm. Both launched successful series. Elsewhen Press has now published eleven titles by Chris. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

visit http://bit.ly/Bookworm-Series

About Tantor, A Division of Recorded Books

Located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books, is a leading publisher of thousands of bestselling and award-winning unabridged audiobooks. Tantor audiobooks are available through all major distributors in the retail and library markets, digitally and in CD format. Tantor’s parent company, Recorded Books, is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks in the world, with operations in the US, UK, and Australia.

visit https://tantor.com

Tantor Media contact: Cassandra McNeil +1 877-782-6867 x57 cmcneil@tantor.com

 

The Bookworm and the Angry Man: Deconstructing Elaine and Johan

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Hot on the heels of the publication of Bookworm IV: Full Circle, Christopher Nuttall has written an interesting post on his blog The Chrishanger entitled “The Bookworm and the Angry Man: Deconstructing Elaine and Johan”. In it he analyses Elaine and Johan, the two main characters in the Bookworm series. It is well worth reading but includes spoilers, so if you haven’t read the whole series yet (why not?) it might be better to bookmark it and read it later 😉

You can read it on his blog here.

 

Bookworm IV: Full Circle – final instalment of Christopher Nuttall’s best-selling fantasy series

In the fourth and final book of the internationally popular Bookworm epic fantasy series, a new Emperor has arisen and the Empire is collapsing into chaos. Elaine and her surviving friends head for Ida in the hope of confronting the Witch-King.

DARTFORD, KENT – 02 October 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Bookworm IV: Full Circle, the fourth and final book in the best-selling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

The first book in the series, Bookworm, was published by Elsewhen Press in 2013 becoming a best-seller almost overnight. It won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House and published in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (as Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende). The next two titles in the series were also immediate bestsellers, reaching the top 10 in Fantasy in various countries. Bookworm IV is already high in the charts based on pre-orders alone.

The series takes place in a rich world with a magical elite who wield political power in the Golden City, the greatest city on the planet and capital of a Great Empire. Elsewhere, an old aristocracy control a variety of kingdoms in an ever- changing web of alliances and intrigue; those without their own magic ever keen to attract sorcerers to their court. Wars in centuries past unleashed magical power, not all of which has been controlled or contained. Throughout the lands, the Inquisitors from the Empire keep a watchful eye on the use of magic, helping the Grand Sorcerer maintain a fragile peace.

We entered this world in the first book where we met Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent, enough to ensure a magical training but very inexperienced and lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Her life changed dramatically when she triggered a magical trap and ended up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift didn’t give her greater power, but it did give her a better understanding of magic, allowing her to accomplish far more than ever before.

As the series has progressed, Elaine has come to understand her true heritage and the identity of the old evil behind the unexpected changes being wrought throughout the Empire: the Witch-King who is pulling all the strings from his tomb as he prepares to rise again. In this final book, Elaine and her loyal friends race towards Ida determined to try to stop him before he destroys the whole world.

Bookworm IV: Full Circle is available from today on all popular eBook platforms. It will be out in paperback in November 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his eighth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The fourth and final instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm IV: Full Circle concludes Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

The third book in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm fantasy series is published today

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is already high in the bestseller charts from pre-orders alone.

DARTFORD, KENT – 13 February 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, the third book in the bestselling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall. The first book in the series won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House for publication in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (with the title Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende).

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, available to pre-order as an eBook since the beginning of February, has already reached the top 20 in the Amazon Fantasy and Action & Adventure bestseller charts in North America, Australia, the UK and Europe, (top 10 in Australia and Germany).

The story follows straight on from Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling, with Elaine and Johan intent on tracking down the Witch-King. But as they are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and Cass, Elaine is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of a new ‘Emperor’. She resists and is hit with a powerful spell that forces her to concentrate all her effort on protecting her mind from its intrusion. Taken to the palace she finds that the Grand Sorceress has been removed and the Throne has accepted an heir to the Empire. Realising this has to be the work of the Witch-King, Elaine must defeat the spell that is eating away at her defences if she is to escape and destroy him. Meanwhile, Johan, Daria and Cass are trying to find a way to get to Elaine and break her out of the cell in which she is being held. The Golden City is still widely devastated from the disastrous battle for power that followed the death of the previous Grand Sorcerer. The recent escalating breakdown of social order can only be made worse by an Emperor who imposes martial law while building a huge army. The Privy Councillors and Heads of the Great Houses succumb to the power of the new Emperor. It is up to Elaine and her friends, with some unexpected help, to prevent an all-out war.

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press and will be published in a print edition at Easter 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his seventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The third instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans continues Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

FIRST LOOK – The cover of Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans

We can reveal the cover for the next title in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling, award-winning, Bookworm series.

Bookworm III, subtitled The Best Laid Plans, continues the story from the Bookworm II, The Very Ugly Duckling. Elaine and Johan are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and the travellers, in order to search for the Witch-King. The Grand Sorceress instructs Inquisitor Cass to help them. But before Elaine can leave she is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of “the Emperor”. What is going on?

As you can see from the cover below, the style of the first two books is maintained. In Bookworm we saw the lowly and demure Elaine in the Library wearing a hooded cloak. In Bookworm II she is wearing the purple cloak that reflects her status as a Privy Councillor but still shyly looking down, with Johan in the white robes of an apprentice. But now we can see flames licking at the bookcases and a hooded figure in the foreground that is obviously neither Elaine nor Johan. This surely doesn’t bode well…

Bookworm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans will be out in eBook in the next few weeks and in paperback a couple of months later.

 

German edition of Bookworm available in December

Cover imageThe German edition of Bookworm will be published by Blanvalet (an imprint of Random House Germany) on 15 December 2014. It will be called Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1: Die Wissende and will be available both as an eBook and in print. For more details visit the Blanvalet website here.

Gold Award for Bookworm confirms Christopher Nuttall as star of indie fiction

Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards present Gold Award for Adult Fiction for 2013 to epic fantasy novel from best-selling science fiction and fantasy author, Christopher Nuttall

DARTFORD, KENT – 28 April 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to congratulate Christopher Nuttall for winning the Gold award in the Adult Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for his epic fantasy novel and Amazon best-seller, Bookworm. The winners of the awards were announced at AuthorConUK in Manchester on Saturday afternoon (26 April 2014).

Bookworm is a high fantasy novel in which the main protagonist, Elaine, an inexperienced witch in Golden City, has her life turned upside down when she triggers a magical trap hidden within a book. All the knowledge of magic in the Great Library becomes crammed inside her head, making her the Bookworm of the title. Avoiding the Inquisition she tries to understand what has happened to her. But she is a pawn in the dark plans of one who wants the Grand Sorcerer’s power.

A review on Risingshadow described Bookworm as “fluently written escapism” and said that Nuttall has “woven an exciting and entertaining story of secrets, dark history, books, werewolves and magic, and knows how to keep the story on the move.”

Bookworm was published in January 2013 by Elsewhen Press and became a best-seller almost overnight in the US, UK, Germany and elsewhere. In June 2013 it was announced that the German translation rights to Bookworm had been acquired by RandomHouse Germany for publication under their Blanvalet imprint in 2015.

Bookworm was the first in the Bookworm series. The second in the series, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling, was published by Elsewhen Press in January 2014 and it too was an immediate best-seller. The next in the series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans, is planned for early 2015.

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a number of novels. Bookworm was his second fantasy novel to be published by Elsewhen Press, who have so far published six of his novels. Chris is currently ranked in the top 100 most popular authors on Amazon and is consistently one of the two most popular science fiction and fantasy authors on Amazon.

About Bookworm

Bookworm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

Elaine is an inexperienced witch in the Golden City. Her life turns upside down when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge in the Great Library stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift doesn’t give her greater power, but it does allow her to accomplish far more with her weaker powers than she previously could. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge while trying to stay out of sight of the Inquisition. But a powerful and mysterious figure is drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is nothing more than a pawn in his plans. She must unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, a plan that threatens the entire world… and her own origins.

 

Are you going to AuthorCon UK on Saturday?

It’s in Manchester at the MadLab and we’ll be there along with some great authors, ready to chat, sign books and even sell them to you (the books, not the authors!) At least three of our authors will be there: Christopher Nuttall, James Starling and Dave Weaver.

Christopher NuttallImage of James Starling by Hannah B. FarrellDave Weaver

The medal winners of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards will be announced too. Finalists include Christopher Nuttall’s Bookworm (adult fiction) and James Starling’s Arteess: Conflict (teen fiction). So come along and cheer for the winners.

We’ll also have copies of Christopher’s Bookworm II: the Very Ugly Duckling for sale (it was released in paperback on April 1st) and pre-release copies of Dave’s Japanese Daisy Chain (it’s not officially released until May, but we already have some copies, so why not!).

If you can make it, come and find us (I think we’ll be on the ground floor) and say hello.

 

“fantastic escapism” – review of Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling on Risingshadow

Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

In his review last year of Bookworm by Christopher Nuttall, Seregil of Rhiminee wrote that it was “Excellent escapism” (remind yourself about his review here).

Today, in his review on Risingshadow of the second in the Bookworm series, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling, he describes Christopher as an author of “fantastic escapism” and The Very Ugly Duckling as an excellent example.

As usual, Seregil has written an extensive review and I can’t really do justice to it by picking out only a handful of passages… but I’ll try! He starts by saying that because he “enjoyed reading Bookworm, I was eager to read The Very Ugly Duckling. I liked this novel very much, because it was good escapism and the author had come up with an interesting story”, a story which, he says, “captured my attention immediately when I began to read it and I found myself reading it as fast as possible, because the story flowed effortlessly from start to finish.”

He highlights some of the aspects of the book that illustrate how well Christopher writes “about the difficult relationships between the characters”, and “about all things magical” which he says “seems to be easy for Christopher Nuttall. He’s one of those authors who write fluently about magic and how it is used in different ways. His descriptions of magic and magical abilities are entertaining and also amusing.” He also says it “was captivating to read how Johan reacted to his new powers” and feels that Christopher “explores power and what kind of an effect it has on the characters in an interesting way”, going on to say that he “writes surprisingly fluently about the addictive power of magic and what it can do to careless users who let themselves be seduced by it.” [A warning to us all?]

He picks out certain events in the story that appealed to him, in particular “the scene in which Johan confronts his family after he has gained magical powers is a great and unforgettable scene.”

As Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling is available from tomorrow in paperback, now would be a good time to read Seregil’s review here. Then go and buy the book!