Writer Lands Deal with Major Book Company

Christian Ola Awonubi has recently signed a book deal with HarperCollins UK division, One More Chapter, for the world rights to A Nurse’s Tale and one additional title.

A Nurse’s Tale tells the story of real-life Nigerian Princess Adenrele Ademola, who trained as a midwife and volunteered at Guy’s Hospital, London, during the Blitz. The historical novel will cover Princess Adenrele’s time at the hospital during the Second World War, along with a contemporary storyline featuring Yemi, a young Nigerian woman, who discovers the Princess’ diaries.

The book will be published in e-book, audio and print formats this summer.

Awonubi said:

Getting a two-book deal from One More Chapter was a childhood dream come true! Working with my editor Charlotte; her enthusiasm for the story; and her love for the characters and their stories was inspiring and supportive. The opportunity to tell this story from the standpoint of my Yoruba heritage made it all the more special.

Awonubi was born in London to Nigerian parents. In 2008, her short story, ‘The Pink House’, won first prize in the national Words of Colour Competition. This was followed by another story, ‘The Go-Slow Journey’, winning first prize in the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2009. Her short stories have featured on blogs, journals and anthologies such as African Writing Online and Woman Alive. Her two books, Love’s Persuasion and Love Me Unconditionally, were published by Ankara Press. She has self-published a collection of short stories, Naija Love Stories, as well as a romance entitled Lovers, Leavers and Keepers. Awonubi also contributed to Black Christian and Single: A Collection of Essays about Singleness in Britain’s Black Pentecostal Church.

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