Solaris acquires ‘Grave Secrets’, the thrilling debut by Alice James

4 months ago

Solaris, the multiple award-winning publisher of cutting-edge science fiction and fantasy, is pleased to announce that it has acquired world rights to Grave Secrets by Alice James, to be released in autumn 2020. 

The deal was negotiated by Simon Kavanagh at Mic Cheetham Agency and acquired by Editor Kate Coe.

Kate Coe had this to say about the book:

“I was sent ‘Grave Secrets’ with the simple addition of “zombies!!!” and read it end-to-end in an afternoon. It’s amusing, light-hearted, action-packed and nail-bitingly suspense-filled by turns, and also filled with a coffin-load of all the things you want to be real for your life – zombie best friends, amazing cream cakes, beautiful vampire boyfriends, witty come-backs for arrogant jerks, and hair that occasionally does what you want it to. And it also involves croquet: who could want more?”

About Grave Secrets:

An adventure with zombies. And vampires. And romance. And croquet.

Toni Windsor is trying to live a quiet life in the green and pleasant county of Staffordshire. She’d love to finally master the rules of croquet, acquire a decent boyfriend and make some commission as an estate agent. All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vampires sneaking out of their coffins and a murder to solve. It’s all made rather more complicated by the fact that she’s the one raising all the zombies - oh, and she’s dating one of the vampires. It can’t be the best decision she’s ever made, but he’s so pretty. Really, what’s a girl meant to do? 

About the author:

Alice James was born in Staffordshire, where she grew up reading novels and spending a lot of time with sheep. She was lucky enough to have a mother who was addicted to science fiction and a father who was fond of long country walks, so she grew up with her head in the stars and her feet on the ground. After studying maths at university and training to be a Cobol programmer (!), she began writing novels to get the weird people in her head to go somewhere else. She now lives in Oxfordshire with a fine selection of cats, fulfilling her teenage gothic fantasies by moving into a converted chapel with an ancient spiral staircase—and gravestones in the garden. Her go-to comfort dish is a big plate of dumplings, her number one cocktail is a Manhattan and her favourite polygon is a triangle, though she has a soft spot for concave rhomboids. Find out more at

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