Pan Macmillan has acquired a book by Frank Ostaseski about the lessons he has learned through working with people who are dying.
Carole Tonkinson bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Five Invitations from Laura Yorke at the Carol Mann Agency in New York.
This is the second acquisition for Tonkinson’s new yet-to-be-named non-fiction imprint, which will launch in spring 2015 ().
Ostaseski, who founded the Metta Institute which offers training on compassionate and mindful end-of-life care, has been honoured for his work by admirers including the Dalai Lama and Oprah Winfrey, and has lectured at places including Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic.
In The Five Invitations, described as “very much a book for the living”, Ostaseski will offer readers a way to face their fears mindfully, “moving them on to a deeper appreciation of their lives, and a renewed sense of purpose and meaning”.
The Five Invitations is co-written by Hugh Delehanty, who has co-authored books including former basketball coach Phil Jackson’s memoir Sacred Hoops.
Pan Macmillan will publish in early 2016 simultaneously with Holtzbrinck-owned Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan and Droemer Knaur.
Tonkinson said: “Frank Ostaseski’s compassion and leadership are remarkable. Frank has worked with the dying since 1987 and has gone to depths none of us will fathom. He has come back from that experience with powerful insight as to what it means to truly live. I think this book will be a personal development classic. I’m delighted, too, to be working so closely again with my new colleagues Bob Miller in New York and Margit Ketterle in Germany on another wonderful acquisition.”