Mantle acquires second novel by Frances Maynard

Rights - Fiction Thursday, 13 September 2018

Author of The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr returns with The End of the Sentence


Sam Humphreys, associate publisher, Mantle, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in a second novel by Frances Maynard, The End of the Sentence, from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens.

Mantle published Maynard's first novel, The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr, last year. The book was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping 2014 First Novel Award and the Society of Authors’ 2018 McKitterick Prize, and was shortlisted for both the 2016 Mslexia First Novel Competition and the Lucy Cavendish Prize.

Humphreys said of The End of the Sentence: "I’m so, so delighted to be publishing The End of the Sentence. Like Elvira, it’s a brilliantly heart-warming, original and charming story of a character some might see as a social misfit trying to make — and ultimately succeeding in making — her way in the world.

"In this instance, that character is Maggsie who, recently released from prison and barely able to read or write, wants to do the right thing but is faced with temptation at every turn. Frances is wonderful at capturing the quandaries, conflicts and contradictions that Maggsie deals with on a daily basis, and also paints a wonderful picture of the importance of both friendship and the written word."

Maynard said: "I’m thrilled to be working with the lovely, kind and insightful Sam Humphreys again, and am looking forward to introducing another 'outsider' heroine who gets there in the end." Mantle will publish The End of the Sentence in June 2019.

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