We are delighted to announce that Transworld (Penguin Random House) has signed a three-book saga series by Lesley Eames, beginning with The Wartime Bookshop. World English Rights were acquired by commissioning editor Alice Rodgers, from Lesley’s agent Kate Nash.
Lesley Eames writes historical sagas set in the early twentieth century. Her awards include the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup and the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award. Her first book, The Runaway Women in London, was shortlisted in the UK Romantic Novel Awards. She has also sold almost 100 short stories and in addition to her own writing, she provides mentoring and editing services to other writers.
Lesley said: “I couldn’t be more excited about my upcoming WW2 series, The Wartime Bookshop, and I’m thrilled to have the support of Alice Rodgers and the Team at Transworld, and Kate Nash and the team at the Kate Nash Literary Agency.”
Speaking about her inspiration for the series, Lesley said: “I love creating characters and weaving their stories together. The Wartime Bookshop is set in the fictional Hertfordshire village of Churchwood during WW2. Told through the voices of Alice, Kate and Naomi, it brings together a whole community as its members worry about loved ones who are involved in the fighting while also facing trials and tribulations at home. The first book tells the tale of how the bookshop comes into being with future books addressing challenges to both bookshop and community.”
Kate said: “From the first moment I heard Lesley’s idea for this wonderful homefront series, where a bookshop brings a village community together during wartime, I couldn’t wait to read it and neither will readers.”
The Wartime Bookshop will be published in Hardback, eBook and Audiobook in October.