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Worth Its Weight in Gold
G.P. Taylor's Mariah Mundi

UK Bookselling Series

by Claire Main

#104, 1 October 2007

Have you had a good Summer Vacation? Have you felt inspired by your surroundings? In your mind's eye have you written the best-seller and sold the film rights? Are you already mentally reclining on the deck of you luxury yacht, cocktail in hand? You are? Well, you'd better get writing then!

I've been holidaying in Italy - one of the sources of classical literature. Luckily, they do good theme parks too, so I've been ok for entertainment and inspiration. Part of the entertainment has included reading G.P. Taylor's new book Mariah Mundi.

Best selling novelist G.P. Taylor has already enjoyed international success with Shadowmancer, Wormwood, Tersias, Salamander Street and Tizzle Sisters & Eric. He's had books published in 48 languages.

Taylor's first book, Shadowmancer, was self-published while he was still an Anglican priest. After the book became a big success, he was signed up by major publisher Penguin (Faber in the UK, Putnam in the US). He then resigned as a parish priest and became a full time author.

It's easy to see why he has enjoyed this success - a good imaginative plot, delightful, varied description and clearly drawn characters make Mariah Mundi an entertaining book to read. It also displays the more classical trait of offering more to enjoy the second time around. It's no wonder that the BBC have been quoted as saying he's the new C.S. Lewis.

G.P. Taylor is a man with almost limitless imagination; he draws the reader into his world of mad inventions, sea monsters, underground tunnels and evil characters with evil ambitions. Mix in a magical casket capable of turning any object into gold, and you have a prize worth fighting for. Add a little light romance and a leading character with fine human qualities, and the scene is set.

Mariah Mundi is the first in a series of 7 books. Already it has attracted rave reviews, and a global following is most on the horizon. Recently the author famously held a treasure hunt in his hometown of Scarborough to celebrate the launch of Mariah Mundi. Collectors from around the globe traveled for a chance to meet the author and win exclusive rare prizes.

Synopsis (quoted from dust jacket):

"Fresh out of school, young Mariah faces a new chapter of his life living in the Prince Regent Hotel, which is built into the side of a cliff. His job is to assist the magician in the stage shows held for the guests. Above ground, the hotel offers every form of luxury. Below ground, between the slimy, green dripping walls of the basement, is where the magic-show equipment is kept - and lurking in an Egyptian sarcophagus among scuttling sea-creatures is a secret that draws Mariah into the path of villainy and possible death."

This gripping thriller from master of suspense G.P. Taylor is rich in fear, tension, plot- twists and adventure.

Reviews

"They're touting it as a successor to Harry Potter, but I think it surpasses Potter on just about every level there is." - The Bookbag.

"BBC and Bloggers find successor to Potter Crown." - Abigail Dunne.

"When Harry Potter hangs up his wizard's cloak, booksellers will be looking to G.P. Taylor's Mariah Mundi - The Midas Box, to keep the cashtills ringing." -BuddyHollywood Review

"It was a brilliant book and I definitely want to read the next book." - Tori Garbutt - NY Times.

"It really is wonderful, wonderful stuff ... Mariah Mundi surpasses Potter on just about every level there is. Highly recommended." - Harriet Ritchie.

Product Details:

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Children's Books (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571226507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571226504
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3.6 cm

Collectors Notes:

  • Printing numbers generally run 5% over to under projections. The approximate number of first editions printed was 20,000.
  • 100 Doodled Limited Edition books are signed, numbered and dated.
  • There is a special Stamped Limited Edition which is signed, lined and numbered.
Current prices for first printings of Mariah Mundi in fine condition are as follows. If you act quickly, copies can still be had on Amazon for 9.99. The exclusive Limited Edition Doodled copies can be had from around 200. The Limited Edition Stamped copies are around 150. It's totally unheard of in the industry for G.P. Taylor to sign for collectors, so these copies are very rare. (He told me about an incident when a fan persuaded him to sign a book to Philip with a line of text saying "My Amber Spy Glass." This fan was actually a bookseller and sold the book on eBay as G.P. Taylor's book to Philip Pullman for hundreds of pounds. Needless to say, he's very careful about doing signings these days.)

However, the reason he chose to do the special Mariah Mundi Limited Editions was so a donation could be made to the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough. The Rotunda is currently being restored, and one of the most influential people in Britain, Lord Derwent, is behind it. Even Prince Charles visited the museum last week and is incredibly impressed with the work done.

Also, recently, there has been major collector interest in Taylor's Tizzle Sisters and Eric. This book was published by Markosia Enterprises, and the cover was created by Harry Potter cover artist Cliff Wright. There are exclusive Limited Edition Embossed copies commanding prices up to 300, not to mention exclusive Doodled Limited Edition copies fetching over 350 and proofs over 500 each. This is definitely one to watch; there is a major buzz surrounding this book in the UK press.

Currently, G.P. Taylor is on tour in the UK until late 2007. He has a passion for teaching children to read. His school visits are famous for being absolutely hilarious, and he's booked for months in advance, so I was truly honoured to meet the author in person and interview him.

So - news is spreading fast about Mariah Mundi. It's worth its weight in gold - even without the Midas Box!

For further details about G.P. Taylor visit his website.

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