Walker Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of UK, Australian, New Zealand and Export Rights to The Last Hours a stunning new Shadowhunters trilogy from publishing phenomenon Cassandra Clare set in Edwardian London and fin de siècle Paris, to publish in 2017.

Rights were acquired by Gill Evans, Walker Books UK fiction publisher from Danny Baror of Baror International Inc. for a six-figure sum.

Cassandra Clare was named by The Bookseller as one of the Top 50 publishing brands in 2013 with sales in the UK worth £2 million, an increase from the previous year of 261%.

This is the third series Walker Books will publish from Cassandra Clare, following bestsellers The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess) and The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls). The sixth and final book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire, will be released on May 27th 2014.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was made into a blockbuster movie, released August 2013, which saw the entire series enter the UK bestsellers chart, and the first in the series, City of Bones, peak at Number 1 in the Nielsen Children’s Book Charts in the same month.

Gill Evans, Walker Books UK Fiction Publisher, said of the deal; "In our best-ever year Cassandra Clare is our bestselling fiction author of 2013. This acquisition is a real accolade to the massive success we have had. We are thrilled that we shall be publishing Cassandra for many years to come."

Danny Baror, Cassandra’s agent, said; "We have been very pleased with Walker's support and are delighted to continue our relationship. Cassandra's profile in the UK and Australia has grown exponentially and we are confident this will continue for this series."

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare lives in an old Victorian house in Massachusetts, USA, with her husband. Born to American parents in Tehran, Iran, she spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

The two series have been sold in more than thirty countries. The books have appeared internationally on bestseller lists including the UK, USA, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

About the Walker Books Group

The Walker Books Group is one of the world’s leading independent publishers of books and content for children. This vibrant international group includes Walker Books UK, London; Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts; and Walker Books Australia, based in Sydney and Auckland. Renowned for its truly original publishing and outstanding quality, the Walker Books Group is home to books for readers of all ages. Award-winning authors and illustrators for the group include Kate DiCamillo, Bob Graham, Carole Wilkinson, Sally Sutton, Brian Falkner, M.T Anderson, Patrick Ness, and Jon Klassen, and major brands for the group are Maisy, Guess How Much I Love You, Tilly and Friends, the widely acclaimed Judy Moody and the bestselling Where’s Wally/Where’s Waldo.


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