The Times’ consumer champion Laura Whateley’s debut book, a guide to money management, has been signed by 4th Estate.
PR and publishing director Michelle Kane at the HarperCollins imprint bought rights to world all languages for Money: A User’s Guide in an unagented deal.
The book is scheduled for autumn publication in paperback, and is planned to be in a pocket-sized format similar to 4th Estate’s careers guide, Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba, acquired by Kane in 2016.
Being financially aware is something that’s learned and yet, we aren’t taught it in schools or universities, the blurb reads. The title is billed as a “clear-sighted and indispensable guide to money will provide a financial framework to those for whom money is just beginning to be a factor in their lives through to those who don’t know what an ISA is and are too afraid to admit it”.
Covering topics including housing, student loans, debt, saving, bills, love and money, ethical money, mental health, and tax Whateley’s book is “guaranteed to be your essential go-to guide when it comes to successfully structuring your financial life now and in the future”.
Whateley is an freelance journalist and the Times’ consumer champion, writing the agony aunt column in the weekly Saturday Money section since 2010. She also writes for the travel and property sections and has been published in various other publications such as the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Observer.
“I'm so excited to join an amazing line up of writers at 4th Estate and to be working with Michelle Kane and the team on a book that I hope will encourage readers to be more confident thinking about, talking about, and sorting out their finances,” Whateley said.
“With the on-going housing crisis, equal pay for equal work campaign, and so many people, especially those in their 20s and 30s, still feeling the effects of the financial crisis a decade on, this seems more important than ever.”
Kane said: "Laura’s clear and concise approach to this often confusing but crucial issue means Money: A User’s Guide is set to become essential reading for all."