Two Roads has acquired an originally self-published memoir by the general manager of Opera Holland Park.
Michael Volpe’s Noisy at the Wrong Times was chosen by The Bookseller’s Caroline Sanderson as an Independent Author pick in April, and was named by the Sunday Times as one of its “100 biographies to love”.
Kate Hewson, senior editor at John Murray Press imprint Two Roads, bought world rights to Noisy at the Wrong Times direct from Volpe.
The son of Italian immigrants, Volpe and his brothers were raised by his mother on a council estate in west London before he attended Woolverstone Hall, a prestigious state boarding school designed to give bright inner city boys the opportunity of a public school education.
Noisy at the Wrong Times is described as a “vivid, funny and often moving story of a boy who was given a chance”.
Hewson said: “I’m thrilled to be publishing Noisy at the Wrong Times. It’s an absolute joy of a memoir; hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measure, and Michael’s is a unique, authentic voice that deserves to be heard much more widely.”
Volpe said: "I am immensely pleased and flattered that Kate Hewson and Two Roads have chosen Noisy for their imprint. It has been a very fulfilling and humbling experience to receive so much praise and support for the book and it is exciting to know that it will now reach a wider audience.”
Two Roads will publish in paperback on 17th September 2015.