Gay's 'valuable' anthology on rape culture to be published in UK

Gay's 'valuable' anthology on rape culture to be published in UK

Atlantic imprint Allen & Unwin is to publish cultural critic and author Roxane Gay's "valuable and timely" anthology on rape culture.

In the anthology, Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women must measure the harassment, violence and aggression they face, and where sexual-abuse survivors are "routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied" for speaking out.

Highlighting the stories of well-known actors, writers and experts, as well as new voices being published for the first time, Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture covers a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation and street harassment.

Editorial director Clare Drysdale acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights to Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, acting on behalf of Maria Massie at Massie & McQuilkin.

It was published in the US by Harper Perennial in May 2018 and became an instant New York Times bestseller, said the publisher.

Drysdale said: "At this particular cultural moment it seems vital to articulate the lingering consequences of sexual abuse, how it can stop a young life in its tracks, and Not That Bad does this with great eloquence. But subject matter aside, the extraordinary thing about this anthology is the quality of the writing – in publishing Not That Bad it feels like we’re launching several significant careers."

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture will be published in trade paperback and e-book by Allen and Unwin on 1st November 2018.