Accent buys book by progeria-sufferer Okines

Accent buys book by progeria-sufferer Okines

Accent Press has bought world rights to a memoir by Hayley Okines, who suffers from a rare genetic condition that means she ages eight times faster than healthy people.

Managing director Hazel Cushion bought world rights to Old Before My Time directly from Okines' mother Kerry. Hayley Okines has been the subject of five Extraordinary People documentaries about her condition, known as progeria. The book will follow the 13-year-old's life taking part in pioneering drug trials, meeting royalty and celebrities the world over and also reveal her low points, including how she coped with the death of her friends who suffered from the disease. The average life expectancy for children with progeria is 13.

Cushion said: "Hayley is a captivating personality and people clearly empathise with the traumas she and her family have gone through. Hayley’s films have attracted a loyal and devoted following—she really is an extraordinary young woman and her book will capture her endearing personality."

The book will be published on 24th November, priced £9.99 as a demy format paperback. The e-book, published on the same day, will sell for £7.99.