Simon & Schuster has acquired an “empowering” book by anti-FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere [pictured].
S&S commissioning editor Abigail Bergstrom acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the book entitled Cut: FGM in Britain Today from Robyn Drury at Diane Banks Associates.
Wardere was born and raised in Somalia, where aged just six she was taken one morning into a gathering of women and cut. She moved to London as a teenager in the shadow of the Somalian Civil War where she discovered the FGM ritual and began her journey to understand FGM and its roots. Today Wardere is a teacher, a mother and a grass roots anti-FGM campaigner.
Bergstrom said: “This is a medieval practice being carried out in the 21st century. Devastating, empowering and informative, this book will bring to life a clash of cultures at the heart of contemporary society and show how female genital mutilation is a very British problem.”
Wardere added: “There is nothing more powerful than sharing your trauma in order to educate others. Sharing my story is a blessing.”
The book will be published in February 2016.