Transworld has acquired two historical fiction novels by 21-year-old debut author, Henry Venmore-Rowland.
Editorial director Simon Taylor bought world English language rights in two books through Peter Buckman at Ampersand.
The first novel is called The Last Caesar, telling the story of the power struggle following the death of Nero in AD 68, as recalled by Aulus Caecina Severus, a key figure at the time.
Taylor said: "Historical fiction's always been a passion of mine, and one of the real pleasures of recent years has been witnessing the resurgence of the genre. In his original email about Henry, Peter asked the question 'how could I resist?' and it turned out I couldn't! Henry is an exceptional young writer with a great future."
Venmore-Rowland is in his final year studying Ancient and Modern History at St John's College, Oxford.
The Last Caesar will be published as a Bantam Press hardback and e-book in spring 2012.