Ebury pre-empts pop psychology book Chatter

Ebury pre-empts pop psychology book Chatter

Ebury has pre-empted a new psychology book about "the conversations we have with ourselves" called Chatter.

The book, subtitled The Conversations We Have With Ourselves, Why They Matter, and How to Control Them, is authored by neuroscientist and research psychologist Ethan Kross and will draw both on experiments and real world examples to explain why we have an inner voice and show how we can tame it to live "healthier, more satisfying and productive lives". 

Joel Rickett, Ebury deputy publisher, pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, acting for Douglas Abrams of Idea Architects agency. In the US, Molly Stern, senior v.p. and publisher at Crown, also pre-empted; the book’s editor at Crown will be Rachel Klayman. Negotiations are said to be underway in 12 translation territories around the world via the Marsh Agency in London.

According to Ebury, Chatter "takes readers from the laboratory to the bedroom to the boardroom to introduce us to the hidden resources that exist within our minds and environments". It will also offer insight into how leaders, parents and teachers can draw on those tools to help others.

Kross said the book is the product of 20 years of thinking about why our attempts to control the conversations we have with ourselves succeed or fail.

"Chatter tells the story of what I’ve learned: that we possess a remarkable set of tools for influencing these conversations, and that they’re often hidden in plain sight – in the words we use to think about ourselves, the digital relationships we engage in, the diaries we keep hidden in our drawers, the conversations we have with our loved ones, and the cultures that surround us," said Kross. "In Chatter, I’ll connect these scientific discoveries with people’s everyday experiences to demonstrate how powerful these tools are for helping people control what is arguably the most important conversation they have each day: the one they have with themselves."

Rickett, Ebury deputy publisher, commented the book already felt like the "natural successor" to books in the space including bestseller Quiet by Susan Cain (Ebury), praising its relatability and "killer hook".

"These books only come along every few years, and the instant we heard about Chatter we knew we had to publish it," he said. "There’s a killer hook that everyone can relate to – the terrifying power of our inner voice, and how to turn it from ‘critic’ to ‘coach’. But what was most impressive was Ethan Kross’ blend of deep, original research and simple, applicable mental strategies. Chatter already feels like the natural successor to Quiet, Thinking Fast and Slow and of course Vermilion’s own iconic bestseller, The Chimp Paradox."

Chatter will be published simultaneously in the UK and the US as a hardback, e-book and audiobook.