Brownlee buy for Virgin

Brownlee buy for Virgin

Virgin Books is to publish a “powerful” memoir about widowhood by blogger Lucie Brownlee.

Editorial director Kate Moore bought world all language rights to Me After You from Jemima Hunt of The Writers’ Practice Agency.

Brownlee’s memoir is inspired by her blog Wife After Death, and charts her first two years of widowhood following the sudden loss of her husband Mark, who was 37 when he died.

It tells the story of Brownlee’s “grief, and how she is (and isn’t) coming to terms with her husband’s death, and bringing up their daughter on her own”.

Moore said she was “blown away” by the proposal for Brownlee’s book, while Hunt said she was “struck by the raw honesty, humour and perfect sense of timing” in the blog.

“Grief is something we all negotiate yet Lucie manages to turn the experience of bereavement - and her husband's untimely death - into a defiant love story,” Hunt said.

Brownlee said: “Friends kept asking me how I was coping after Mark died. My blog, Wife After Death, was my response. The memoir which has now grown from the blog is one of loss, love and ultimately hope – with a generous slug of red wine thrown in.”

Me After You will be published as a trade paperback in July this year.