HarperCollins buys gang girl memoir

HarperCollins buys gang girl memoir

HarperCollins has acquired Sour, the true story of Tracey Miller, a former Brixton gang girl, drug dealer and criminal. Sour will be a collaboration with Times journalist Lucy Bannerman.

Vicky Eribo, senior commissioning editor for Harper Non Fiction, bought world English language rights from Jessie Botterill at Janklow & Nesbit UK.

Eribo said: "Tracey’s story is shocking, honest, raw and incredibly timely. With Sour, she will both humanise the stories we read about in the press every day and offer a fascinating insight into what really happens within London gangs."

Sour explores how Miller became a member of the Younger 28s, a notorious gang that terrorised the Brixton area in the 90s, her criminal exploits during this time and how motherhood pushed her to turn her life around. Bannerman described it as a "rare account of ganglife from the inside".

Miller said Sour does not attempt to justify her past, but it aims to "give people an insight into a much misunderstood world, and what it really means to be in a gang". She hopes it will encourage others not to follow her path. Miller, who is now a passionate campaigner, will be working with an anti-knife/anti-gang organisation to raise awareness of these issues on launch.

Sour will be published on 17th July 2014 in paperback at £7.99.