HarperCollins will publish The Gynae Geek by NHS doctor Dr Anita Mitra, which opens conversations about gynaecological health.
Harper Thorsons editorial director Carolyn Thorne struck the deal for world all-language rights with Carly Cook with publication slated for 7th March. The book will delve into the important women's health-related issues "that make women everywhere cringe”, HarperCollins said, "with the mission to break down barriers and create an open conversation about ‘down-there healthcare’”. Mitra is a London-based NHS doctor working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and is also known as "The Gynae Geek".
In her first book, she aims to arm readers with "straight-talking facts and answers to all those personal and ‘unsexy’ gynecological queries, all in one handy, down-to-earth and myth-busting guide".
While featuring medical and scientific facts, The Gynae Geek also includes lessons from the thousands of patients that Mitra has treated, who inspired many of the topics in the book. Mitra also shares her personal experiences with stress and anxiety, and her learnings about how gynaecological health can be influenced by lifestyle choices. "All written with the brilliant, deadpan humour that The Gynae Geek’s followers love her for, this is not your average healthcare book,” the publisher said.
Mitra said: "In a world where information is so freely available, I was shocked at the number of women I saw in the hospital who did not understand the most basic of facts about their gynaecological health. There is a lack of engaging and reliable information out there, so I am honoured to be given the opportunity to publish a book that aims to plug this gap.
"This book will address the things I am asked in clinic and also via my social media account (@GynaeGeek) on a daily basis. It will include a back-to-basics guide of everything going on down there, covering topics from periods, to contraception and fertility, changes in cycles and what is 'normal'?"
She added: "I hope it will allow women to get to know their bodies but also empower them to start a conversation about something that is so taboo yet is one of the most normal things in the world."
Thorne said: "Mitra brings a fresh and sassy voice to women’s gynaecological health– she’s smart, witty and to the point and I am delighted that she is publishing her first book with Thorsons."
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