Atlantic's Corvus imprint has acquired two novels from debut author Katy Cox, including M is for Mummy, a "warm and witty" story about parenting an autistic child.
Publishing director Sarah Hodgson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to M is for Mummy, and a sequel, from Katie Fulford of Bell Lomax Moreton.
M is for Mummy follows professional freelance musician Lucy Wright as she attempts to juggle returning to work after maternity leave and looking after two young children—while also coming to terms with the realisation that her four-year-old son, Stanley, is autistic. The book will be published in spring 2022, with the sequel out a year later.
Hodgson said: "As the parent of an autistic child myself, I could relate to almost every word of this warm and witty novel. Katy skilfully conveys the joys and complexities of life when your family is not quite the same as others with the lightest of touches. I can’t wait to introduce readers to Lucy and Stan – it’s impossible not to fall in love with them."
Cox commented: "I am beyond delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Sarah and her wonderful team at Corvus. M is for Mummy was originally a comic novel about Lucy, a woman on a mission to claw back her showbiz career (and her pelvic floor muscles) after becoming a mum. I later decided that I wanted to incorporate my own experience as a parent of autistic children (and wife to an autistic man) into the novel. I hope that readers will love Stanley, the autistic child in the story. Stanley is funny, intelligent, deeply empathetic and totally adorable, just like my son to whom this novel is my tribute."