Fleet has pre-empted a "moving and empowering" memoir by sommelier Victoria James – beverage director at the Michelin starred restaurant Cote in New York.
Senior commissioning editor Rhiannon Smith bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Wine Girl from Stephanie Koven at Cullen Stanley International on behalf of Allison Hunter at Janklow & Nesbit in a pre-empt after Ecco announced they would be publishing in the US.
James’ memoir is the story of a “young women breaking free from an abusive and traumatic childhood into the glamorous but notoriously toxic restaurant industry,” said the publisher. “Wine Girl details the tenacity and drive that took Victoria from her early jobs working in diners to becoming the youngest sommelier in the US, and what it cost her to do so in a male-dominated industry.”
Fleet will match US publication in March 2020 in print and ebook.
Smith said: “I read Victoria’s memoir in a single day; the story of a young woman pushing to make her way in an industry in which she feels like an outsider is one which is going to resonate with so many. We at Fleet are absolutely delighted to be bringing her story to readers in the UK.”