Transworld pre-empts memoir screenwriter Delia Ephron's memoir

Transworld pre-empts memoir screenwriter Delia Ephron's memoir

Transworld has pre-empted a memoir by Delia Ephron, screenwriter of "You’ve Got Mail" and "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants".

Andrea Henry, editorial director at Transworld, pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights to Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life, from Claire Conrad at Janklow & Nesbit. It will be published by Doubleday in hardback on 14th April 2022, and simultaneously with Little, Brown in the US. 

The synopsis reads: "If you pitched a movie about a woman in her seventies, recently widowed, who reconnects with a man who she dated in college, leading to whirlwind exchange of emails and ultimately the pair falling in love years after their first date, the studio executives would say it’s too far-fetched. And yet that’s exactly what happened to Delia Ephron."

The memoir explores Ephron's experience of her husband's death to cancer in 2015 after 35 years of marriage. "Delia was 72, and had been living in the shadow of cancer and death for 10 years. Her sister, Nora [journalist and writer], had died in 2012 from a bone marrow disease that is carried genetically. Struggling to make a life without Jerry, Delia focused on the day-to-day. After months, she decided to make one small move forward. She tried to cancel Jerry’s dedicated landline. It spiralled into days of frustration. As she had so winningly before, Delia turned to words to process her grief and bewilderment. 

"The op-ed she wrote for the New York Times about the woes of customer service and her compounding grief caught the attention of Peter, a doctor in the Bay Area of San Francisco who emailed to commiserate. Recently widowed himself, Peter reminded Delia that years ago as college students they had been set up by Nora. Cautiously, Delia replied. And over a few short weeks of email exchanges realised that she and Peter were undeniably soulmates. Months later, still caught up in this whirlwind romance, Delia made another life-changing discovery: she was profoundly sick with cancer.

"Delia and Peter found true love in their seventies, but their burgeoning relationship was plagued by the fact that their time together could be cut short. Left on Tenth is the spirited story of Delia’s second chance at love, and a heartfelt and miraculous account of life after cancer."

Henry said: "Delia is much loved for her romantic comedies and you’d be forgiven for thinking the story of Left on Tenth is a piece of fiction. But the joy is that it’s all true. The entire team here at Transworld and Doubleday have fallen head over heels for this charming memoir, which is so uplifting and full of warmth and hope. Who wouldn’t want a second chance at love and a second chance at life? We’re already the proud publishers of Nora Ephron at Doubleday and are absolutely delighted to now be working with Delia."

Ephron added: "I am delighted that my book has found its way to Andrea Henry at Doubleday. Left on Tenth is about the perilous and wondrous events of my recent life. Some of my happiness was found in Wales. My best friends are English and live in the Wye valley. I think of their farmhouse as my second home, and now I think of Transworld as my second publishing home."