The fine people at Gollancz have announced that they have acquired and new novella set in the Rivers of London series from Ben Aaronovitch. According to their press release:
THE FURTHEST STATION, a brand new novella in the bestselling PC Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch, for publication in September 2017.
Publishing Director Gillian Redfearn acquired world rights (excluding the USA, France and Germany, which are represented by agent) from John Berlyne of the Zeno Literary Agency.
THE FURTHEST STATION is Ben Aaronovitch’s first PC Grant novella . . . and there’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line. And when commuters start reporting encounters with ghosts up and down the track – encounters which they forget entirely within minutes – Peter Grant gets a call to investigate. And the very first interview leads to a ghost-hunting expedition . . .
The unabridged audio edition – read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – and ebook edition will be published simultaneously with the hardback.
I’m a huge fan of this series and have recently finished reading the splendid 6th book, The Hanging Tree so this is welcome news indeed. I’m also please to hear that Kobana Holdbrook-Smith will be back for the audio version. I have been going back over the previous books in audio format and Holdbrook-Smith has become the definitive voice of Peter Grant for me.
This is another new storytelling format for the series having already appeared as novels and in original, canonical comics. Ben Arronovitch had this to say about tackling the novella format:
‘This is my first novella and I suddenly understood the appeal of the form to both writers and readers. Novellas allow you to tell a story in a very elegant, streamlined fashion. Something you can read quickly but without feeling cheated at the end. I may write more’
Rivers of London would fit an ongoing novella series really well so here’s hoping this does well so that there might be more in the future.
The Furthest Station is currently scheduled to be release on September 2017