404 Ink has acquired the rights to debut non-fiction Constitution Street from human rights campaigner Jemma Neville. The announcement comes on the 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
404 Ink acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Jenny Brown of Jenny Brown Associates. The book is set to be published in September 2019.
Publisher 404 Ink said Constitution Street "considers what real life stories from neighbours on one street in Leith reveal about today’s constitutional crisis in an age of anxiety. Part memoir, part social history, part exploration of a new constitution for the day we live in, Neville’s debut encourages a reclamation of human rights practice as something that belongs to each of us, too important to be left solely to politicians and lawyers."
Neville said: “Human rights famously begin in the small places close to home and, much like the mix of neighbours living side by side and in common on a street, are interdependent upon one another. I think this is true now more than ever in the best and the worst of times here and in the world at large. I’m really delighted to have chosen 404 Ink and their independent approach to publishing for my letter to the law and home, Constitution Street.”
404 Ink said: “Constitution Street is an antidote in panicked times. It brings us back to the streets we live in and those we pass every day to consider the bigger questions of the world around us. It’s a really fantastic book, particularly in these uncertain times - we’re excited to work with Jemma to bring her – and the inhabitants of Constitution Street’s – story to more people.”