Arabella Weir pens YA novel

Arabella Weir pens YA novel

Piccadilly Press will next year publish a YA novel from Arabella Weir, the comedian and author of several adult books.
 
The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird is about what happens when 13-year-old Tabitha’s parents split up and she’s forced to move in with her gran along with her mum and brother. When she starts at a new school, Tabitha is determined to become the most popular girl there.
 
Brenda Gardner, publisher of Piccadilly Press, said is “thrilled” to welcome Weir to the Piccadilly list. “She’s so well known amongst parents for her iconic comedy background and we can’t wait to bring this humour to a teen audience. There is an immensely authentic feel to the story which will no doubt resonate with readers and maybe the odd parent peeking over their teenager’s shoulder.”
 
Piccadilly acquired world rights to the book from Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens & Rubinstein, working in association with Casarotto Ramsay, and will publish 2nd October 2014.
 
Weir is also the author of several books for adults including Does My Bum Look Big in This? (Hodder) and Onwards and Upwards (Penguin Books), as well as non-fiction title The Real Me is Thin: Or Why All Women Think They’re Fat (Fourth Estate).

Weir is the latest comedian and author to turn to children's writing, following David Baddiel and Russell Brand.