Tony Park’s AN EMPTY COAST is out now in Australia from Pan Macmillan Australia, and will be published next month in South Africa and the UK by Macmillan. Tony will be touring in Australia in the coming weeks, heading to Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, along with numerous events in Sydney. For more event details check the Pan Macmillan website.
Joining their Australian colleagues, Macmillan Adult Books Publisher Jeremy Trevathan and Fiction Senior Editor Catherine Richards have acquired UK & Commonwealth Rights, excluding Australia, New Zealand and Canada, for AN EMPTY COAST and a further novel by Tony Park from Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann. AN EMPTY COAST will be out in southern Africa in November, along with extensive author appearances. In the UK the e-book edition will be available before Christmas, with the print edition out in 2016. Tony Park said: ‘I’m thrilled to have this new deal with Macmillan Publishing in the UK and South Africa. I’m already published by Pan Macmillan in Australia so there are many benefits to being “in the fold” internationally. Macmillan was initially responsible for getting my books established in South Africa so I’m looking forward to re-connecting with old friends there and in the UK. I think this deal is good news for my readers in these markets.’
Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann said: ‘This year Macmillan have won Publisher of the Year in the UK and also in Australia, where Tony Park is already a bestseller, and I’m delighted that with this deal they’re joining forces to sell his hugely popular thrillers and bring them to even more readers. It’s a return to Macmillan South Africa as well for Tony, and I know together they’ll be pulling out all the stops with AN EMPTY COAST and beyond.’
Catherine Richards of Pan Macmillan UK said: ‘We’re so excited to be publishing Tony in the UK – he brings the locations he loves to life so vividly through the eyes of his characters, and I know fans existing and new are going to love AN EMPTY COAST.’
Terry Morris of Pan Macmillan South Africa said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be publishing Tony in southern Africa again and look forward to building on his successful brand across the region. AN EMPTY COAST is guaranteed to thrill Tony’s fans and new readers alike and we look forward to publishing it this year.’
AN EMPTY COAST is Tony Park’s eleventh novel, and features the return of two of his most popular characters, Sonja Kurtz and Hudson Brand. Retired mercenary Sonja Kurtz is in Vietnam carrying out a personal revenge mission when her daughter Emma sends a call for help. Emma, a student archaeologist on a dig in Namibia, has discovered a body dating back to the country’s liberation war of the 1980s. The remains of an airman, identified as Hudson Brand, may help reveal the location of a modern day buried treasure – a find people will kill for. Sonja returns to Namibia to find her daughter, but then discovers that Emma has gone missing, and that former CIA agent Hudson Brand is very much alive, having been drawn back to solve a decades-old mystery, whose clues are entombed in an empty corner of the desert.
Tony Park grew up in Australia and fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995: he and his wife now divide their time between two homes, one in Sydney and another in South Africa on the border of the Kruger National Park. Author of twelve bestselling thrillers, he has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer. He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served six months in Afghanistan in 2002. His work has been sold in translation in seven countries.
You can find out more about Tony Park on his website and his Facebook page and you can follow him on Twitter (especially if you want to see some marvellous images of African wildlife) on @tonyparkauthor.