Sarra Manning is to move from Transworld to Little, Brown’s Sphere for her next two adult novels.
Manning’s move brings her adult publishing into the same house as her most recent YA publishing – her last two YA novels The Worst Girlfriend in the World and Adorkable were published by Atom, another imprint of Little, Brown.
Sphere commissioning editor Manpreet Grewal bought UK and Commonwealth rights to two books by Manning from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown.
The new books will have a historical setting, with the first combining a “contemporary love story with a beautiful historical narrative set in London during the Blitz when young women and GIs escaped the brutality of war by experiencing the giddy thrills of dancing at Rainbow Corner, the American Red Cross club at Piccadilly Circus”.
Grewal said: “I’ve been a fan of Sarra’s writing for years and I’m thrilled to be welcoming her to Sphere as she moves in this exciting new direction. Sarra is a remarkable writer but her new novel takes her to another level entirely – it’s an epic, emotional and highly satisfying read that pulls no punches in its honest and unsentimental portrayal of the entire gamut of human relationships. Readers are going to love it.”
Manning said: “This was a real passion project for me, the story I’ve always wanted to tell, and I can’t wait for readers to discover the magical place that was Rainbow Corner. I am so thrilled to be joining the wonderful and talented team at Sphere for this exciting new chapter in my career."
Sphere will publish the first novel in export C format at the end of 2015, with the paperback following in May 2016.