Hachette Books Ireland has acquired Why Can’t Everything Just Stay the Same? (and other things I shout when I can’t cope), the first book by screenwriter, playwright and actor Stefanie Preissner, to publish in autumn 2017.
The book, about the many ways in which its author has changed despite her best efforts, will run a gamut of topics, including social media, ageing, relationship break-ups and launching her career as a writer.
Preissner is the writer of RTÉ 'dramedy' "Can't Cope, Won't Cope". She also produced a one-woman theatre show "Solpadeine is My Boyfriend" in 2012 that enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin and became national broadcaster RTÉ’s most downloaded podcast.
She said: "I think sharing stories that are too long for Twitter is the most exciting part… Although in school my English essays always came back with “COMMAS STEFANIE!” scribbled in red biro, so I hope they give me an editor to keep me under control. The book is going to be 100% gluten free and, like everything fashionable, may contain embellishments."
HBI editorial director Ciara Doorley, who acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) through Marc Gerald at United Talent Agency, said the author was "an immensely talented writer who writes the world exactly as she sees it".
"People relate to her honesty and humour, and immediately identify with the sense of shared experience she captures in her writing," Doorley said.