Sphere has bought two novels by actress and television presenter Denise Welch.
In her first deal for the list, deputy publisher for Sphere fiction Maddie West acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in two books from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown.
Welch has starred in programmes including "Coronation Street" and "Waterloo Road", and was also a regular panellist on "Loose Women".
The first, If They Could See Me Now, is a story of one woman’s empowerment, of learning to trust yourself and the lessons you’ve learned from life.
West said: “Denise is a natural storyteller, and If They Could See Me Now has all the honesty and humour that makes her one of our best-loved celebrities. We’re thrilled to be publishing Denise’s debut novel.”
Welch said: “This is a story that I’ve wanted to tell for years. I just hope readers love my heroine, Harper, as much as I do. I’m delighted that Sphere will be publishing two books from me and I can’t wait to get cracking on the next.”
Wise said: “Maddie knows a winner when she sees it, and Denise's inimitable take on life will ring as true for fiction readers as it has done for those who have read her bestselling memoirs.”
If They Could See Me Now will be published in hardback in February 2016, with a B format paperback in September 2016.