Headline has acquired Confessions of a Single Mum, a "frank, honest and hilarious millennial memoir" about the highs and lows of being a single mum by journalist and TV presenter Amy Nickell.
Editor Grace Paul acquired world rights from Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton to publish in hardback on 12th July 2018.
According to Headline, the book draws on Nickell's experience of single motherhood, having fallen pregnant at the age of 24 when she was a celebrity reporter and didn't have a proper boyfriend. She now has a three-year-old son, Freddy, and in the book she will talk about "the high and lows she experienced as she navigated single parenthood, debunk single mum myths, delve into the world of dating (nothing ruins the snogging ambience more like the watchful eye of Daddy Pig) and spread the word that just because your family isn’t a traditional one, doesn’t mean that it’s incomplete".
Nickell said she hoped her story would prove comforting "to anyone whose life has taken a bit of a detour".
"Single parenthood has a bad rep that is way past its sell by date and it’s time society moves beyond Vicky Pollard," she said. "I was beyond terrified when I found out I was pregnant and needn’t have been. I hope my story is comfort to anyone whose life has taken a bit of a detour. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Headline – and it’s an absolute dream come true. Freddy is also very excited to have what he calls “his life story” out there in the world."
Paul added: "I hope that with Amy’s book we can celebrate [single parenthood] and make people realise that families come in all shapes and sizes."