HarperNonFiction has acquired a book by Darren Galsworthy, the father of Becky Watts, who was murdered by her stepbrother in a case which dominated national newspaper headlines last year.
World rights to the “heartfelt and powerful” title, called Becky, were acquired by Vicky Eribo, editorial director for HarperNonFiction, from Clare Hulton.
Becky Watts’ stepbrother Nathan Matthews was found guilty of the 16-year-old's murder in November last year while his girlfriend Shauna Hoare was found guilty of conspiring to kidnap. A jury found that Matthews, a former Territorial Army soldier, suffocated Watts at her home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on 19th February 2015 and then dismembered her body.
Galsworthy’s memoir will uncover what Watt’s relationship with her step-brother was "really like" and he will recount the "torment of the legal battle to see his step-son sentenced to life behind bars".
HarperCollins said: “At its heart, Becky is a poignant personal story and a chance for Darren to pay tribute to his cherished daughter and celebrate her life. Darren recalls with enduring love the daughter he fought so hard to get custody of after she was taken into foster care as an infant, and the happy, innocent child who completed his life.”
Galsworthy said: “I want people to know what Becky was really like - she was big-hearted, fearless and incredibly generous. On behalf of myself and my wife, Anjie, I also want to tell the full story of what we have been through as a family. Becky was loved unconditionally and her life was cruelly taken from her in the most horrific way - by somebody we all trusted. This book will serve as a lasting tribute to my beautiful daughter, who I will always be proud of.”
Eribo added: “Becky’s murder shocked the nation in a unique way. The pain and heartbreak Darren must be suffering at this time is unimaginable, but I believe this is a story that needs to be heard… We feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to work with Darren and help him take back control of the way Becky’s short life is remembered.”
Publication date has not yet been confirmed.