New acquisition for Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher has won an auction for World Rights to a trilogy, The Walkin’, by David Towsey from Sam Copeland at RCW. The first book in the series, Your Brother’s Blood, will be published in 2013.

It has been nine hundred years since man last used machines. Technology, science and medicine have been forgotten, leaving in their wake a twisted legacy: the Walkin’. The disease is passed down from generation to generation; it causes men, women and children to live on after death.

In these turbulent times a community seeks isolation. Their plain existence is based on an incomplete copy of the Bible and the teachings of John Sebastian Barkley, town founder. Following his example, they burn the bodies of their dead to stop them from living again. Except that doesn’t always happen . . .

Thomas McDermott has died. A man of Barkley, he should have been burnt on a funeral pyre, but instead, he wakes from his death. Torn between the desire to see his wife and daughter, and the shame of what he has become, he travels to Barkley – but his return endangers everything and everyone he once loved.

David Towsey, 27, has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa, and is continuing his studies as a PhD student at Aberystwyth University. He was nominated for a British Fantasy Society award for Best Short Fiction in 2008. He regularly reviews for critical journals, including the New Welsh Review and the BSFA’s critical journal, Vector.

Jo Fletcher said, ‘The agent described this as “a bastard post-apocalyptic cross between The Passage, The Sisters Brothers and Cormac McCarthy”, and was hugely excited. Normally I take that excitement with a pinch of salt – it’s an agent’s job to sell, after all – but the moment I started reading this unique zombie western I knew if was every bit as special as Sam had said, and thus perfect for Jo Fletcher Books, so we at JFB and Quercus are thrilled David’s joined us.’

David Towsey said, ‘I can’t wait to start working with Jo Fletcher and her team. The titles coming out under the Jo Fletcher imprint are unbelievably exciting; to have my work become part of such a vibrant and diverse list is a real honour.’

Agent Sam Copeland of RCW Literary Agency said ‘Both the author and I were bowled over by Jo Fletcher’s enthusiasm and intelligence in talking about David’s work. We were totally persuaded that JFB at Quercus was the perfect fit, and we are hugely excited.’