Mantle has acquired two novels by Kate Eberlen in a seven-way auction.
Associate publisher Sam Humphreys bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Miss You and one other book from Mark Lucas at LAW.
Miss You, which Pan Macmillan's Mantle imprint will publish next year, tells the story of Tess and Gus, who meet fleetingly in Florence in their late teens and then again, after countless near misses, sixteen years on – when it may be too late.
Humphreys said: “I’m delighted to have acquired a new voice for Mantle, and Miss You is a wonderful, wonderful novel. Both Tess and Gus feel so very real and, as the reader, watching their lives unfold – separately but always overlapping – you root for them to get together even while you’re wondering how it will ever happen. Theirs is definitely a love story to rival both Emma and Dexter’s in One Day and Lou and Will’s in Me Before You, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be Kate’s UK publisher.”