Head of Zeus have acquired a new novel from Booker prize winning author Ben Okri titled The Age of Magic, as well as the rights to four backlist titles which will be published for the first time in digital as well as new paperback editions. These are Astonishing the Gods, A Way of Being Free, Dangerous Love, and In Arcadia.
Maggie McKernan bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Jessica Woollard at the Marsh Agency.
Ben Okri, Maggie McKernan and Anthony Cheetham have a long and rich association that began at Random House in 1991 with the publication of The Famished Road. When Anthony and Maggie moved to set up Orion a few years later, Ben was one of the first authors to arrive, publishing these four titles there between 1995 and 2002. Maggie and Anthony are extremely proud to be renewing their remarkably fertile friendship with Ben with a major new work of fiction, his first novel in 7 years, a mesmerising, dreamlike journey into life, love and memories.
The Age of Magic is about a group of travellers in an enchanted Swiss town on the shores of a luminous lake, who find themselves involved in a mystery that disturbs, enlightens, and transforms them, one by one, and in different ways.
Maggie McKernan said ‘Ben always offers a different way of seeing but this new novel seems to me to offer almost a different way of reading. I felt like I was there in a dream, and slightly intoxicated. It’s time for a new generation of readers to experience him - a generation more used to looking for the images behind the images. On a personal level, life without a manuscript from Ben to explore is just too dull.’
Anthony Cheetham commented ‘Ben is a fabulous writer and a loyal friend. I could not be more pleased that he has decided to join us at HoZ’.
Head of Zeus will publish The Age of Magic in hardback and E this September, alongside paperback and E editions of the backlist titles.