Bryony Gordon to examine mental illness in new Headline book

Bryony Gordon to examine mental illness in new Headline book

Headline has signed two more books by author and Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, including one looking at mental illness.

Gordon is the author of The Wrong Knickers, also from Headline and about Gordon’s 20s, which has sold 45,225 copies through Nielsen BookScan to date.

Her first new book, Mad Girl, will look at Gordon’s struggles with OCD, bulimia and depression, with the author tackling the subjects with her “trademark humour, warmth and eye watering honesty”.

Deputy publishing director Sarah Emsley bought world rights to Mad Girl and one other book from Nelle Andrew at PFD.

Emsley said: “Bryony Gordon has a distinctive, confident voice and is fast becoming one of the most talked about and sought after journalists of her generation. In her books and columns she is brutally frank about personal issues others would shy away from talking to their closest friends about. Having had a glimpse at the preliminary material for Mad Girl, I cannot wait to see her tackle head on the important and sensitive issues surrounding mental illness. She is an inspiring writer and all of us at Headline are thrilled to be continuing to work with her.”

Gordon said: “Many people are ashamed about their struggles with mental illness and embarrassed about the issues they feel make them in some way abnormal, but in fact no one is in this alone. So many of us feel this way that it is the perfectly sane, balanced person who is the exception to the rule. I hope Mad Girl will shine an upbeat light on the darkest recesses of our minds and that it will help to lessen the stigma surrounding mental illness for us all.”

Mad Girl will be published in June 2016, with the second book in the deal published in summer 2017.