Coronet has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Adult Virgins Anonymous, a novel about two 20-something virgins who meet at a support group, by YA writer Nicole Burstein, writing under the pseudonym Amber Crewe.
Editioral director Melissa Cox struck a deal with Bryony Woods of the DKW Agency.
Cox said: "I love teen coming-of-age dramas like 'Sex Education' and 'Never Have I Ever', but when this book appeared in my inbox it opened my eyes to a world where feeling awkward and inexperienced lasts beyond your teenage years and well into your twenties. Adult Virgins Anonymous wasn’t like anything else I’d ever come across in all my years of reading commercial women’s fiction and I just knew I wanted to publish it.”
Burstein said: “I've always found inspiration in life's underdogs, and in a world where sex can feel like it's everywhere, I wanted to shout out to the people for whom romance and physical intimacy isn't quite so easy. I'm so pleased that Melissa and the team at Coronet are as excited to tell this story as I was writing it.”
Woods said: “Adult Virgins Anonymous is such a funny, uplifting and big-hearted read. At a time when we need books full of empathy and hope more than ever, Adult Virgins Anonymous has both in spades. I fell for [protagonists] Freddie and Kate straight away, and I’m delighted that they have found the perfect home with Melissa and the team at Coronet.”
The title will publish in e-book in summer 2020 and as a paperback original in early 2021.