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25.11.11 | Graeme Neill
Simon & Schuster has bought a book dubbed "The Tiger Mother meets The Last Lecture" in one of Carly Cook's first acquisitions since joining the publisher.
The deputy non-fiction editorial director bought UK and Commonwealth rights in a heated auction to Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman from Cathryn Summerhayes, on behalf of Suzanne Gluck at WME. The non-fiction title will be published in hardback in spring 2013. Hyperion pre-empted North American rights and plans to publish simultaneously with the UK.
Lipman is the founding-editor-in-chief of the now defunct US magazine Conde Nast Portfolio. Her book is about how everyone has one teacher that changes their life. In Lipman's case it was Mr K, her "brilliant but ferociously strict" music teacher. Lipman was childhood friends with his daughters Melanie and Stephanie but she is reunited with the family when Stephanie goes missing.
Cook said: "As well as being a book about the power of a great teacher, it is a book about universal lessons: about perseverance, about the power of never saying "can't," and about excellence in both music and life. It has so many hooks and layers for reading group discussion but, at its core, this is a story about what it is to be human and what it is to love." Cook joined S&S earlier this year from Headline.