The Borough Press has pre-empted a sequel to Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It in a "high six-figure" deal.
Executive publisher for fiction and non-fiction Kate Elton signed UK and Commonwealth rights to the book from Caroline Michel at PFD. North American rights were signed by Hope Dellon, executive editor of St Martin's Press.
The book will return to the life of Kate Reddy, first seen in 2002's I Don't Know How She Does it (Chatto & Windus), a character now approaching 50. HarperCollins said: "Reddy will speak to and for a generation of women struggling to stay youthful and relevant in a society and a workplace where it seems older men acquire gravitas and older women acquire muffin tops and a P45."
Elton said: "I’m utterly thrilled to have acquired Allison’s amazing new novel. Publication of I Don't Know How She Does It was an absolute watershed (and watercooler) moment for millions of women around the world as they finally saw, in Kate Reddy, a heroine who genuinely reflected their own lives back at them. Now, more than ten years later, Allison – and of course Kate – are set to do it all over again."
Pearson is an author and columnist. I Don't Know How She Does It was turned into a Hollywood film starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
The book will be published in autumn 2016.