British Women's Fiction Author Ruth Mancini Gets Book Deal

Ruth Mancini of Oxfordshire offered a book deal from Booktrope for her women's fiction novel, Swimming Upstream
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OXFORD, U.K. - Sept. 23, 2013 - PRLog -- Booktrope Publishing has acquired Ruth Mancini's women's fiction novel, Swimming Upstream, a touching story of a London woman named Lizzie who experiences a life-changing series of events that brings back memories from a troubled past.

Mancini self-published her novel in November 2012. After initial success, including rave editorial reviews and an interview with BBC Radio, the novelist achieved her dream of netting a publisher in September 2013. Booktrope will be releasing a new version of Swimming Upstream in late 2013 or early 2014. Booktrope is an innovative publisher based in Seattle, Wash.

Praise for Swimming Upstream

"I really enjoyed Swimming Upstream. There is a nice rhythm and pace...credible dialogue, compelling protagonist, recognisable settings and good supporting cast." - Eloise Millar, journalist and award-winning novelist

"Within just a few pages I was heavily invested in the lead character, Lizzie, and couldn't wait to find out what would happen to her...My page turns were getting faster and faster as I neared the end of the book! All in all, a great read which I will be recommending to friends and family." - Ribs Susiaho, writer and editor

"Gripping, pacey...I truly enjoyed Swimming Upstream. This is thinking women's chick lit!" - Catherine Amey, author

"A brilliant "chic lit" novel that is gripping and hard to put down. I found myself totally absorbed in the story and feeling Lizzie's dilemmas... A book about life choices, coming to terms and moving on." - Karen Marquick, blogger and reviewer

Swimming Upstream Blurb

"I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened."

Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events. Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find her true direction in life. Little does she realise that her life is about to take another shocking twist... and that the consequences will be enormous.

Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous story about a young woman's pursuit of happiness. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties - and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.

Described as "Eat, Pray, Love" meets "The Last Weekend", Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes ("Me Before You"), Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat, Pray, Love"), Nick Hornby ("How to be Good") and Blake Morrison ("The Last Weekend").

About the Author

Ruth Mancini was born in South London and educated in London and Cambridge where she gained a Bachelors degree in French and Spanish and a post-graduate diploma in law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before becoming a practising lawyer, author and freelance writer. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

Swimming Upstream is available for purchase on Amazon Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble while it transitions to Booktrope. More information about Mancini can be found on her website Or, listen to her BBC Radio Oxford interview.

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