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Shine on Harvey Raines

10/12/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The latest author to join the John Jarrold Literary Agency is Harvey Raines - the pen name of American-Scottish writer, Phil Raines.

Raines has had several stories published over the last decade, including in the most recent Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. In 1997, he won the Bridport Prize for short fiction.

Raines' first novel is MOONDOG, a long and multi-layered novel wherein the coming end of the world sees angels plummeting to Earth, although that is only one aspect of this 190,000-word book. The novel takes in a skewed version of the music industry, a strange 'grease' which allows people to sample their own lives, and a varied bunch of characters (not all entirely human) drawn into a struggle for the future of the universe.

'I really can't compare this to anything else,' said John Jarrold. 'The writing and concepts are remarkable. It's difficult to keep a reader fascinated throughout such a long book, but Raines has managed it superbly. His next two ideas sound equally original and imaginative. I'm delighted to welcome him to the agency.'

Contact John Jarrold via e-mail at: j.jarrold@btinternet.com

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