BBC snaps up Dooley's debut

BBC snaps up Dooley's debut

BBC Books will publish BBC presenter Stacey Dooley’s debut about “extraordinary women”.

The imprint of Ebury, a division of Penguin Random House, has acquired On The Frontline with the Women Who Fight Back by Dooley, a BBC3 presenter. The deal for UK Commonwealth rights including Canada was done by Yvonne Jacob, BBC Books’ commissioning editor and Gordon Wise working in association with Jacquie Drewe at Curtis Brown. The book will be published in Hardback by BBC Books on 15th February 2018 priced £14.99, ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March.

The book focuses on the presenter’s “encounters with incredible women in extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances” ranging from sex workers in Russia, to victims of domestic violence in Honduras. She uses their experiences gleaned from BBC3 shows such as “Sex in the Strange Places” and “Brainwashing Stacey Dooley” to explore wider issues at the centering around what it is to be a woman in the world today. This year Dooley has investigated the dangerous world of child pornography in Japan, the missing indigenous girls of Canada, the growing criminal world of Britain’s digital drug dealers as well as the experiences of young DUP supporters.

She said: “Over the last decade I've been privileged enough to meet some of the most phenomenal women - females from all over the world. Some face unthinkable hardship, yet still they manage to go out there and kick ass.

“I want to share some of my experiences with them in a way that's a bit different to how we do things in my documentaries, and to take a step back and reflect how inspirational they are - but also, how far we still have to go, in order to welcome true gender equality.”

Jacob said: “I’ve long been a fan of Stacey’s documentary work – particularly when it comes to highlighting women’s issues around the world. Stacey has a knack for really connecting with her interviewees and drawing out compelling, human stories through a combination of seeming naivety and bravery that is completely charming.”