The Bodley Head will publish Chelsea Manning’s "riveting" memoir in early 2020.
Will Hammond, deputy publishing director, acquired the memoir from Devon Mazzone, rights director of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, who will publish in the USA. Luke Janklow and PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit represented the author in the negotiations.
Hammond said: "Chelsea Manning's memoir will reveal for the first time the full drama and complexity of her story. It will describe the circumstances and motivations behind the choices she made, along with her reckoning with the consequences. Hers has been a truly extraordinary journey and The Bodley Head believes her riveting, intimate, passionate and galvanizing account is a necessary book for our times."
In 2010, Manning, working as an intelligence analyst in the US Army in Iraq, disclosed 720,000 classified military documents that she had smuggled out via the memory card of her digital camera. In March 2011, the United States Army sentenced Manning to 35 years in military prison, charging her with 22 counts relating to the unauthorized possession and distribution of classified military documents. The day after her conviction, Manning declared her gender identity as a woman and began to transition. In 2017, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence and she was released from prison. Last month, Manning was jailed for resisting forced testimony because of her political objection to a secretive grand jury process, and her unwillingness to participate in a process she fears could be disastrous for an independent press.
"In her as yet untitled memoir, Manning recounts how her plea for increased institutional transparency and government accountability take place alongside a fight to defend her rights as a trans woman. She reveals her challenging childhood, her struggles as an adolescent, what led her to join the military, and the fierce pride she took in her work. We also learn the details of how and why she made the decision to send classified military documents to WikiLeaks," said The Bodley Head.