Chatto & Windus has signed activist and author Caroline Criado Perez's follow-up to the award-winning bestseller Invisible Women (also Chatto).
Editorial director Poppy Hampson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Tracy Bohan at The Wylie Agency. Now You See Us: How to Close the Data Gap and Design a World for Everyone will be published in 2022.
Now You See Us will be “the shorter, practical, more hopeful sister to Invisible Women”. Part memoir, part analysis of this moment, part blueprint, the new book is a response both to the success of Invisible Women and the current pandemic. “It will give her many readers a plan, a toolkit, for rebuilding the world," the publisher said.
Invisible Women was released in March 2019 and won the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year, the Reader’s Choice Books Are My Bag Awards and the Times Current Affairs Book of the Year. Translation rights have been sold in 26 languages and screen rights have been optioned by Wiip for Plan B. It has sold 122,255 copies for £1.42m across all editions via Nielsen BookScan, excluding lockdown sales.
The author said: “When Invisible Women was released, the reaction from readers was overwhelming. People were shocked, they were angry, and best of all they were hungry for change. The number one question I was asked at every event, without fail, was: how do we fix this? What can we do? Now You See Us is my answer to that question, and I'm thrilled to be working again with Poppy Hampson and everyone at Chatto as we continue the job we started with Invisible Women.’”
Hampson added: “Invisible Women has been such an extraordinary phenomenon, and Caroline the most hard-working, energetic and committed author—having a new book from her, one which takes us further and gives us the tools we need to demand, and make, change, is just the kind of good news we all need right now.”