SLAY IN YOUR LANE PRESENTS: LOUD BLACK GIRLS: THE ANTHOLOGY, to be published by Lagom

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SLAY IN YOUR LANE PRESENTS: LOUD BLACK GIRLS, The Anthology, by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, has been acquired by Natalie Jerome of Bonnier Books UK, from Juliet Pickering. The book will be published under the Bonnier Books UK imprint Lagom, on 4th July 2019.

 

This summer saw the publication of Adegoke and Uviebinené’s bestselling, “ground-breaking” work SLAY IN YOUR LANE: THE BLACK GIRL BIBLE, which has been hailed as “arguably the book of 2018” by the Observer. Following its success, SLAY IN YOUR LANE PRESENTS: LOUD BLACK GIRLS, The Anthology will feature the diverse voices of over twenty black British writers, both established and emerging.

Despite young black women reading more than any other ethnic group in the UK, they are still largely invisible as published authors. This anthology seeks to change that by giving black women a voice. Readers can expect frank, funny and fearless contributions about what matters to black women today, from a range of prominent voices. The book will also feature a contribution by the winner of a forthcoming submission competition, an introduction by Yomi and Elizabeth, and a foreword by a lead contributor to be announced.

 

As part of the acquisition, Bonnier Books UK is offering a four-month BAME editorial internship in collaboration with Creative Access. The successful candidate will start in November and work with the publishing team full-time, assisting with the publication of the book from the commissioning stage, right up to sending the book to print. The salary for the internship is £18,000 per annum (pro rata).

 

Jerome said, “I’m thrilled to be publishing this seminal anthology which will represent a landmark in commercial British publishing. The time has come to give all British people a voice. This book will reach out to black women, who often lack representation in the media and in the books they read, and it will engage and entertain anyone interested in a world where cultural diversity is the norm.”

 

Yomi and Elizabeth said, “We are delighted to include more emerging talent in SLAY IN YOUR LANE PRESENTS: LOUD BLACK GIRLS, The Anthology via an open submission competition, with the most outstanding entry featuring in the book alongside more established names. Entrants are welcome to write about whatever they feel is relevant to black women today."

 

Yomi Adegoke is an award-winning journalist and former writer at The Pool. She writes about race, feminism, popular culture and how they intersect, as well as class and politics. In 2013 she founded Birthday Magazine, a publication aimed at black teenage girls, and this year was listed as one of the 200 Women Redefining the Creative Industry by The Dots. She was also named as a 'frontline pioneer' bringing the fight to 'a new generation', by the Evening Standard.

 

Elizabeth Uviebinené is a Brand Marketer from London; upon graduating from Warwick University with a Politics degree she has gone on to work for some of the biggest global brands in Finance, and was promoted to Marketing Manager.

 

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Praise for SLAY IN YOUR LANE:

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‘So many young women are looking for guidance as they navigate their personal and professional lives. Elizabeth and Yomi offer wisdom and encouragement to a rising generation of Black female leaders, on everything from the basics of financial literacy to how to deal with micro-aggressions in the workplace … The book is a gift for anyone who wants to better understand what Black women and girls are up against and the tremendous resources they draw upon as they make their way in the world.’ – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

 

‘’It is one of the most satisfying attempts in recent years to answer the question: why do black British women feel that their success is hindered… One thing that makes the book such a feat is the sheer amount of legwork the authors have put in… The result is a cultural landmark… Another success of SLAY IN YOUR LANE is how effortlessly the authorial voice flicks between statistics heavy research and popular culture…This books is as much a rallying cry to black women across the British Isles as it is a solid foundation for serious discussions about modern race relations. Whether readers fit its target demographic or not it is of surprisingly little importance. SLAY IN YOUR LANE, is without a doubt, the most engaging analysis ever to have reached publication of why it is that black British women still feel, in Adegoke’s words, “tattooed with our otherness. We are hypervisible… but somehow we often remain unseen.”’ – 5-star review, The Telegraph

 

‘A comprehensive, inspirational tool book that gives voice, to the next generation of young black British women navigating life in Britain today… It is a book that is bound to resonate with many black British women straddling the heritage of their parents with their sense of place in British society.‘ — Funmi Fetto, Vogue

 

 

PROFILE ACQUIRE LUCY MANGAN’S DIARY OF A SUBURBAN LADY

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Lucy Mangan’s brilliant fictional account of life in the suburbs, DIARY OF A SUBURBAN LADY, has been snapped up by Profile Books. Rebecca Gray, Associate Publisher at Profile, has acquired UK & Commonwealth Rights from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann and Louise Lamont at LBA. Profile will publish DIARY OF A SUBURBAN LADY in Autumn 2019.

Rebecca Gray says: ‘I’m so delighted that the marvellous Ms Mangan has decided to bring the DIARY OF A SUBURBAN LADY to Profile, we’re going to have a ball publishing it. From marital misadventures to children’s first haircuts to horrifying threadworm experiences, with plenty of friends and frenemies along the way, it’s a hilarious skewering of the combination of sweetness and nightmare that is modern family life. Hopefully she’ll have some thoughts on last minute World Book Day costume demands too.’

Lucy Mangan says:  I’m thrilled to be publishing this book with Profile and to have Rebecca by my side as I venture into fiction for the first time, with this modern take on THE DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY (E M Delafield’s dry-witted classic of family life and other vexations). I intend to neglect my own family entirely as I get to work on DIARY OF A SUBURBAN LADY, which I hope will be a comic journey through the vicissitudes of modern domestic and professional life that will go well with a double gin and tonic at the end of the day.

Lucy will be attending the Derby Book Festival in June to discuss her memoir on childhood reading, BOOKWORM, which was published by Square Peg in March 2018.

Lucy Mangan is a journalist and a writer for the Guardian. She has written for most major women’s magazines, including GraziaMarie Claire and Cosmopolitan, and has a weekly column in Stylist magazine. She was named Columnist of the Year at PPA Awards in 2013. Her works include MY FAMILY AND OTHER DISASTERS, HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS: The Essential Guide to Being a Girl, and THE RELUCTANT BRIDE. A commemoration of 50 years of Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY was published by Puffin UK/US in 2014.

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SHELTER BY SARAH FRANKLIN OUT IN PAPERBACK TODAY!

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Sarah Franklin’s debut novel SHELTER is out in paperback today from Bonnier Zaffre. Since its initial hardback publication in July 2017 the powerful romance, set in the heart of World War II, has garnered much praise. Writing for Red Online, Sara Manning called it ‘a wonderful, affecting debut novel about the redemptive power of nature.’

Early spring 1944. Connie Granger has escaped her bombed-out city home, finding refuge in the Women's Timber Corps. For her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose. Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war, is haunted by his memories. In the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of freedom. Their meeting signals new beginnings. But as they are drawn together, the world outside their forest haven is being torn apart. Old certainties are crumbling, and both must now make a life-defining choice. What price will they pay for freedom? What will they fight to protect?

Sarah Franklin grew up in rural Gloucestershire and now lives with her family between Oxford and London. She has written for the Guardian, Psychologies magazine, The Pool, the Sunday Express and the Seattle Times. Her creative non-fiction has been published in anthologies in the USA and appeared on radio affiliates there.

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Praise for SHELTER:

‘An absorbing debut novel’ — The People’s Friend, 5* review

‘SHELTER is an atmospheric debut and a fascinating glimpse into a forgotten aspect of WWII’ — Good Housekeeping

‘Life affirming and compelling; SHELTER is a must-read, and Sarah Franklin a breath of fresh air’ — Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO

‘Beautiful’ — Adele Parks

‘Its characters pulse with life and energy — Connie’s snippy, contrary longings and Seppe’s difficult journey to inner peace are vividly rendered, as is the evocation of the forest and its healing qualities.’ — Elizabeth Buchan, The Daily Mail

IAN BIRCH’S BOOK OF REVOLUTIONARY MAGAZINE COVERS, UNCOVERED, ACQUIRED BY OCTOPUS.

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UNCOVERED: Revolutionary Magazine Covers - The Inside Stories Told By The People Who Made Them by former Editorial Director of Hearst, Ian Birch, has been acquired by Cassell (part of the Octopus Publishing Group). The book is being published at Octopus by Joe Cottington, Commissioning Editor, with world rights acquired in all languages from Juliet Pickering. The book will be released in hardback on 4 October 2018.

UNCOVERED is an oral history of the stories behind the most ground-breaking and controversial magazine covers ever published, as told by the people who created them. Compiled by industry veteran Ian Birch, UNCOVERED gathers together the insights of the magazine world's most important figures, including high-profile editors, creative directors, photographers, artists and cover stars.

Featuring compelling and shocking covers from Vogue, Life, Esquire, The New Yorker, i-D, The Face, Private Eye, Time, Rolling Stone and many more, covering issues as varied as the civil rights movement and Vietnam war to the Trump presidency and Brexit debate, this is a unique social document celebrating and chronicling the art of magazine design.

Joe Cottington said of the acquisition, ‘UNCOVERED is more than just a book of magazine covers. Ian has used his incredible industry contacts to speak to the key people behind each cover – to get the real, fascinating stories of what happened behind the scenes, directly from people who were there. It makes the book both a beautiful visual record and a compelling social history. We’re delighted to be publishing it with Ian.’

Ian Birch comments, ‘It’s been a pleasure to work with Joe and everyone at Octopus, and a privilege to talk to the magazine industry’s most ground-breaking creatives. They produced covers that took risks, challenged conventions and, most importantly, triggered debate.’

Ian Birch is former Editorial Director of Hearst and Emap. He began his magazine career in the mid ‘70s as a writer/reporter on Time Out before focusing on music first at Melody Maker and then Smash Hits, where he was assistant editor for three years from 1984. His first launch and editorship came in the late ‘80s with Sky magazine; he then edited Us magazine for Jann Wenner in New York. He became Editorial Director at Emap in the early ‘90s, where, over the next 10 years, he helped to launch Red, Closer, Grazia and re-launch Heat. Birch then moved back to New York to become Chief Content Officer at TV Guide before joining Hearst as an Editorial Director working in both America and Britain on brands like Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping.

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Pre-order your copy of UNCOVERED here.

A PERFECT SUMMER READ: SUE MOORCROFT’S ONE SUMMER IN ITALY, OUT NOW!

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Fans of award-winning author Sue Moorcroft are in luck as copies of her new book ONE SUMMER IN ITALY hit the shelves. Published in paperback, ebook and audio by Avon today, ONE SUMMER IN ITALY follows Sofia as she travels to a quiet Italian village after her father’s death, uncovering family secrets along the way. It’s the perfect romance to get swept up in this summer!

When Sofia Bianchi’s father Aldo dies, it makes her stop and look at things afresh. Having been his carer for so many years, she knows it’s time to live her own life – and to fulfil some promises she made to Aldo in his final days.

So there’s nothing for it but to escape to Italy’s Umbrian mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian village, lie plenty of family secrets waiting to be discovered. There, Sofia also finds Amy who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering her dad isn’t her biological father.

Sofia sets about helping Amy through this difficult time, but it’s the handsome Levi who proves to be the biggest distraction for Sofia, as her new life starts to take off…

Award-winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with richly textured themes. She’s won a Readers’ Best Romantic Read Award and been nominated for others. Sue’s dazzling summer romance JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS was shortlisted for the RoNA Romantic Novel Awards 2018 for Best Contemporary Novel. In 2016, her festive novel THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE was a Kindle No.1 bestseller and THE LITTLE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS reached No.6 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts.

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Praise for Sue Moorcroft:

‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’ — Katie Fforde

'A perfect page-turner when soaking up the sun' — Asda Magazine

‘Sue’s gift for description and characters and a well-paced, funny yet tender plot makes this the idea holiday read.’ — My Weekly