THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST to be published by Harvill Secker!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008, 10:13 PM

Some of you have known about this for a while, but I've kept a lid on it - until now. My ever excellent agent Nat Sobel tells me it's okay to let the cat out of the bag, so here goes:

THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Random House, late 2009, as part of a two-book deal. The nitty gritty contract stuff is still being sorted, but that's the gist of it. :)

Needless to say, I'm thrilled and excited. Harvill Secker is a prestigious imprint with a reputation for literary fiction, and international thrillers. Some of the stable's best known European crime writers are Jo Nesbo (The Redbreast has been a huge success in Europe) and Henning Mankell, and many others. My editor is Geoff Mulligan, who as it happens originally hails from Belfast.

More to follow.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Nathan Bransford said...

Congratulations!! That's terrific news.

11:27 PM  
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11:47 PM  
Blogger sex scenes at starbucks said...

That was me, hit finish before I was..er...finished.

You know I said it would happen from the first time I saw that first short story that started it all, way back on Crapometer, I think it might've been. Even your first draft was brilliant.

Couldn't be happier for you!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Ello said...

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Awesome news! I cannot wait to buy a copy which you will have to sign for me, somehow!!!!

Congrats, Stuart!

4:41 AM  
Blogger cindy said...

that's AWESOME!! i'm so thrilled for you, stuart!!!! YAYAYAYAA!!!

5:01 AM  
Blogger Gerard Brennan said...

Oh, wow. You jammy git!

Actually, that's not fair. You've obviously knocked your pan in for that. Huge congrats. Will post about this on CSNI in a bit.

gb

8:45 AM  
Blogger JES said...

Congratulations! (Recent arrival to your fanbase, but great news is great news.)

Btw, read about this over at Moonrat's place.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous DrNic said...

Stuart, I'm delighted for you mate. Many congratulations on this richly-deserved success.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Precie said...

Hurray!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! I hope you can soon share when it will be released in the US!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Thanks for letting us share in your excitement. I read your excerpt, and I can see why it was snatched up so quickly. (At least, it seemed quick to me!) Do let us know when it's available in the US.

Congratulations!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Congrats, Stuart! That's fantastic news! Any idea when we'll see it on this side of the pond?

2:50 PM  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

Congratulations, the book sounds fantastic.

Looking forward to reading it.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Josephine Damian said...

I need a translator for Gerard's comments! lol

Glad you could finally go public w/the news. I hope you're as happy every day of your career as you are on this day.

So glad to hear your editor is a local man who understands the local scene and all it means.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Aerin said...

Also came over from moonie's blog -

fab news - congratulations!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Merry Monteleone said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm doing a little happy dance for you!

Have to say, after reading the pitch some months back and knowing you landed such a great agent, I knew it wouldn't be long...

Be sure to keep your ever growing fanbase in the states apprised of how to get our hot little hands on a copy.

5:47 PM  
Blogger ChrisEldin said...

Just heard the news on Moonrat's blog! Many congratulations!! I LOVE your website, and cannot wait to get this awesome book in my hands!!!!!!

:-)

5:56 PM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Just heard the news. Many congrats!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Congrats! Two books - even better! The same protag? Enjoyed the excerpt and the trailer - signs of a movie in the works? Very Bondish... Peace, Linda

7:16 PM  
Blogger jjdebenedictis said...

WOOOOOTIE-WOOT-WOOT! Congratulations!

That's incredible news! And that rustling noise you hear? That's me shaking my pom-poms hard enough to be heard over the Atlantic. Well done, Stuart!

7:36 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

WOW! So happy for you; this is wonderful, wonderful news.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

And coming out next year ... we don’t have to wait too long. :)

12:35 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind words. :)

On the issue of an American release - as far as I know, Nat will start submitting once we have a final edit. That means it'll be a month or two yet before there's an American deal secured, I think, unless something mad happens in the meantime.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Julie Marie said...

Stuart, you know we had the discussion of whether your book would interest me or not. Someone pointed me to your short story and I have pretty much been sold on you as a writer since then. After reading the excerpt from the novel, any doubts I had were removed. I can't wait for you to release in the states so I can read it.

I'm so thrilled for you.

Julie

8:25 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Thanks Julie, that means a lot to me. :)

7:02 PM  
Blogger Anne Sorgeson said...

Congrats! I spent three summers in a row in Belfast, one of which I studied at QUB for their Irish Studies Programme. This book sounds right up my alley congrats!!

7:25 PM  

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