Harper signs debut novel from open submissions

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 07 November 2018

A Woman of War by Mandy Robotham tells the story of a German midwife during WW2; author is a midwife with an MA in creative writing

HarperCollins has acquired world all languages rights for a debut novel from after Mandy Robotham, after Molly Walker-Sharp acquired rights to A Woman of War which came through the open submissions process at Avon Books. The book is set for digital publication in December, with a paperback to follow in the spring. Robotham was unagented.

According to the acquisition statement: 'A Woman of War follows the story of midwife Anke in wartime Germany: from her fight to help mothers survive in the camps to her winter in the extravagant – but no less dangerous – Berghof, this is a gritty tale of courage, betrayal and love in the most unlikely of places.'

Molly Walker-Sharp, editorial assistant at Avon said: "I was absolutely gripped by A Woman of War from the very first word - we’re immediately launched into the throes of life in the camps, and it makes for harrowing reading. Mandy writes with authenticity, profundity and real grit, and has written a story that is both heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure as it explores the extremes of human nature. This is historical fiction at its very best and I am certain it is something that readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz will love."

Robotham said: "I'm very excited about finally being able to see my first novel in print with Avon. It's been a real labour of love, combining my passion for birth with a fascination for the resilience of those in wartime. I've been an avid reader all my life, and a would-be writer since school age; the idea that others might want to flip the pages of a tale to come out of my head is just a dream come true. Avon Books has helped me realise that dream with a real belief and enthusiasm for A Woman of War."

A former journalist, Robotham is a practicing midwife who has graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes, and recently acted as midwife consultant on a Katie Fforde romance, A Summer at Sea.

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