Sceptre has signed a historical novel from broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, set in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
Now is the Time is Bragg's first historical novel since Credo was published by Sceptre in 1996.
The book follows the key players of the revolt, including Wat Tyler, Jack Straw, priest John Ball and the boy-king Richard II, as well as the powerful earls and leaders of the city.
Sceptre publishing director Carole Welch acquired British and Commonwealth rights from Vivien Green at Sheil Land. Now is the Time will be published on 8th October.
Bragg is the author of several books, as well as the presenter of BBC Radio 4's "In Our Time", and "The South Bank Show" on Sky Arts. His most recent book was a non-fiction study of the King James Bible, The Book of Books (Hodder).