Virago buys debut satire on modern life

Virago buys debut satire on modern life

Virago Press is to publish a debut novel titled Living the Dream by L M K Berry in summer 2017.

Commissioning editor Ailah Ahmed acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to the book from Jon Elek at United Agents.

Living the Dream is a "sharp" satire of modern British life. It features Emma, who should be a writer (but works in corporate advertising) and Clem, just back in London from New York, who is on the path to becoming a successful screenwriter (but works in a bar and lives with her mum).

Both women navigate the challenges of dreams and aspirations versus reality, of having the guts to take a risk versus selling out. Amid the big questions, Emma and Clem also find themselves faced with life's little challenges: how to look happy at work, what to do with undesirable colleagues, and how a hen party can go horribly wrong.

Berry is the founding editor of satirical feminist publication KnockBack and has been writing for and about women since 2005.

Ahmed said: "Living the Dream had me laughing out loud from the very first page as the characters and their dilemmas are instantly recognisable. This is such a sharp and charming novel – and the writing is excellent. It is a completely fresh and up to date spin on that classic narrative of a young woman trying to ‘make it’ in a big city – L M K’s character Emma is a very modern heroine for a millennial audience."