Sphere has acquired a "heartwarming" up-lit novel by Rosie Blake, The Gin O’Clock Club, inspired by the author's own "naughty and amazing" Grandad.
UK and Commonwealth rights in the book, coming in paperback this summer, were bought from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency.
Pitched as a "gloriously feel-good read" for readers in an increasingly frantic world, The Gin O’Clock Club tells the story of Lottie, who is stressed out climbing the career ladder, and her recently widowed grandfather, Teddy, who wants her to slow down and appreciate her life. With the help of his friends, the badly behaved but well-intentioned Gin O’Clock Club, Teddy helps Lottie find her way back to balance.
Nicholson said: "There is simply so much to love in this classic tale of learning from our elders, I challenge anyone not to laugh and cry while reading. It’s a joy to be bringing Rosie’s life-affirming story to readers."
Blake said: "I am so grateful to continue working the Sphere team. Inspired by my own naughty and amazing Grandad, it is wonderful to be bringing this lovable bunch of reprobates to my readers. I hope everyone takes the Gin O’Clock Club to their hearts."
Sphere will publish in paperback, audio and e-book in August 2020.