Garth Nix re­turns to the Old Kingdom with Gold­en­hand

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“Be­cause I’ve been do­ing this a long time now, whole fam­i­lies come out to see me,” au­thor Garth Nix says, talk­ing to Red Alert from his home in Aus­tralia. “Some­times I’ve even had three gen­er­a­tions of one fam­ily – grand­par­ents, par­ents and kids.”

Nix’s young adult books have been top­ping best­seller lists for more than two decades now, and with Gold­en­hand he has re­turned to his hugely pop­u­lar se­ries set in the Old Kingdom.

“It picks up af­ter the events of Li­rael and Ab­horsen,” he ex­plains. “Li­rael is the newly minted Ab­horsen-in-waiting, so she’s be­come one of the peo­ple who makes sure that dead things stay dead. Like all my books, it’s an ad­ven­ture story, but it’s also about life and death and love. And it con­nects back with some of the other char­ac­ters in pre­vi­ous books – in fact al­most any char­ac­ter you can men­tion you will see again, one way or an­other!”

Gold­en­hand seems to end the saga that be­gan with Sabriel in 1995, but Nix isn’t ruling out fur­ther trav­els with this cast. “It’s a very big world, and there’s lots of gaps and cor­ners where I can tell sto­ries,” he muses.

De­spite spend­ing so much time in this world, Nix has also writ­ten other se­ries – The Keys To The Kingdom and The Sev­enth Tower, to name but two – and has more on the way. “Af­ter Gold­en­hand, my next book is done, out in April. It’s called Frogkisser! and it’s a chil­dren’s novel about a princess who has to go on a quest. I’m also work­ing on a big fat fan­tasy, and a science fic­tion novel.” He laughs. “I’m work­ing on too many things at the mo­ment – I think some­times I need to stop be­ing a short-or­der cook, as I’ve got seven saucepans all go­ing at once…”

Gold­en­hand is out on 4 Oc­to­ber from Hot Key Books. Nix will tour the UK the same month.

Nix now meets au­thors who were in­spired to write af­ter read­ing his books as chil­dren.

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