Mantle has acquired two books by debut novelist Diana Rosie.
The first, Alberto’s Birthday, is set in Spain and tells the story of an old man – orphaned during the Spanish Civil War – and his grandson, who go in search of the former’s birthday.
Mantle’s Sam Humphreys said: “This is such a deceptively simple tale; it’s incredibly sweet and charming but also very thoughtful, with a timeless, almost fable-like quality. It’s one of those books you just want to give to everyone you know.”
Humphreys bought world rights to Alberto’s Birthday and one other title from Diana Beaumont. The rights were acquired from Beaumont while she was at Rupert Heath. She has now moved to The Agency Group.
Mantle will publish Alberto’s Birthday in early 2016.