The first book from the winner of the Bracken Bower Prize, Saadia Zahidi, has been acquired by Nation Books.
The book’s North American rights were sold to Katy O’Donnell, editor at Nation Books, by literary agent Eric Lupfer at William Morris Endeavor.
Zahidi’s outline for the book was the inaugural winner of the Bracken Bower Prize, 2014. The £15,000 prize goes to the best business book proposal from a writer under 35 and is backed by the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company.
Zahidi’s book is about the 40 million women across the Muslim World who have entered the workforce in the last decade alone, telling the stories of the "remarkable women" – from McDonald’s workers to software technicians – who are at the forefront of this revolution, and revealing how they will permanently reshape their countries’ economies and societies.
The book will be the first from Zahidi, who is the senior director of the World Economic Forum.
Lynda Gratton, professor of management practise at the London Business School and judge of both the 2014 and 2015 prizes, said: “It’s a delight to judge budding writers and wonderful when their dream to publish comes true. This is a heartfelt narrative of voices we hear too infrequently. It deserves to be read by everyone who cares about women around the world.”
The final date for submissions for the Bracken Bower Prize is 30th September.