Saraband sees out 2017 with a flourish

Posted on October 2, 2017

The last couple of years have been hugely successful for Saraband/Contraband, and the future is bright going into 2018, with some really exciting projects to come and an expanding team. Robbie Guillory joins us as our new Managing Editor, and Vicky Smith is our new part-time Editorial and Publicity Assistant.

With diverse titles such as His Bloody Project, Expecting, Castles in the Mist, Cross Purpose and The Nature of Autumn all having awards and shortlisting successes in the last year, Saraband is also set to finish 2017 strongly with some fantastic titles, including:

The Nature of Winter, by Jim Crumley (28/09). Jim Crumley ventures into our countryside to experience firsthand the chaos and the quiet solitude of nature’s rest period. Simply, he evokes winter in all its drama, in all its pathos, in all its glory.

The Accident on the A35, by Graeme Macrae Burnet (26/10). From the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted His Bloody Project comes a new literary mystery that burrows deep into the psyches of its characters and explores the forgotten corners of small-town life.

In the Valley of the Sun, by Andy Davidson (31/10). “A riveting blend of vampire horror, a serial killer’s tale, and police procedural.”

Sweet William, by Iain Maitland (16/11). A father desperate to be with his young son escapes from a secure psychiatric unit, knowing he has just one chance to snatch the boy and for the two of them to start a new life together…

The Blackbird Diaries, by Karen Lloyd (16/11). Over the year’s four seasons, Karen Lloyd chronicles the drama and the joy, and the perils and the pleasures of the natural world as it all unfolds in her garden and on her daily walks in beautiful Cumbria.

We can’t reveal too much just yet, but 2018 will be a very busy year and so two new arrivals at Saraband Towers are very welcome indeed. Robbie Guillory, formerly of Freight Books and a finalist for last year’s Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year award, takes on the role of Managing Editor. Vicky Smith, our new part-time Editorial and Publicity Assistant, is a publishing graduate and helped found the rebranded Society of Young Publishers’ North branch.

Most importantly, like everyone at Saraband, Robbie and Vicky love books that are imaginative, sometimes offbeat, always original.