Coronet has bought a “brilliant and unique” take on failed romantic relationships by performer Haley McGee, who uses a mathematical formula to work out the cost of love.
Publisher Hannah Black bought UK Commonwealth rights for The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates. It will be published in 2021.
The publisher explained: “This first-hand account is a rallying cry for anyone who’s come out of a breakup wondering, Was the love worth all this pain? Was the investment of time/money/hours spent with them/their dull family worth the bliss? And, should I do it again? Such is the author’s determination to figure out what our failed romantic relationships are really worth, she enlists the help of a mathematician and devises a formula complete with 52 variables – from market value to how much you laughed versus how you argued – that turns sentimental value into cold hard cash.”
McGee is a performer, writer and actress who has taken her self-penned solo shows to to 36 venues in 11 countries. The show on which her book is based played to sold out audiences in London and Toronto.
McGee said: “I’m so excited to bring my first book into the world. I’m thrilled to be included among Coronet’s roster of excellent authors and to be working with Hannah, a sensitive and smart editor, who understood my story and clicked with my offbeat sense of humour immediately.”
Black added: “We’re delighted to be publishing Haley’s brilliant and unique take on romantic love. Clever, engaging and very funny, her journey asks us to question the value not just of our relationships, but of ourselves.”