Pan Macmillan has acquired the memoirs of Nanny Pat, who stars in ITV1's "The Only Way is Essex", with the book to tell of her East End childhood, running the household after her mother died when she was 11.
Editorial director Ingrid Connell bought world rights from Andrew Lownie, with Pan Macmillan planning publication for August 2012. The book will be called Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets: My East End Childhood.
Pat was born in 1935 in Bow. Her memoir will cover her childhood in the poor but close-knit community, working in a cork factory, and meeting her future husband Charlie. Pat is the maternal grandmother of Mark and Jessica Wright, stars of the reality show/drama "The Only Way is Essex".
Connell said: "This wonderful memoir is filled with Pat's trademark warmth and humour, touching anecdotes of life in the East End and fabulous descriptions of colourful characters, from her deaf Nan to Auntie Alice, who would dress in all her furs and finery just to pop out to buy a pork chop.
"Pat takes us right back to the world of her childhood, and in doing so vividly captures a lost way of life."