HarperNonFiction has landed Australian stand-up comedian Kitty Flanagan’s bestselling 488 Rules for Life: The Thankless Art of Being Correct.
Publishing strategy director Oli Malcolm negotiated a deal for UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding ANZ) with Maggie Thompson at Allen & Unwin. The book, which has sold 30,000 copies since its Australian release in October according to HarperCollins, will be published in the UK on 28th November.
“Kitty is on a mission to make the world a more pleasant place to live in,” the publisher said. “A lot of people just don’t know the rules of life - whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll or ruining a perfectly good fruit salad with the addition of banana. But that’s about to change with this quintessential reference book, with the antidotes to every single annoying little thing. It may well change society.”
Flanagan said: “I'm so excited that 488 Rules for Life is being released in the UK. I hope it will be fondly embraced by pedants and sticklers and anyone else exhausted by annoying behaviour. 488 Rules for Life is a book to make you feel good about yourself - it also makes a wonderful, passive aggressive gift for those who need a crash course in common sense and good manners.”
Malcolm added: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed this up in time for the festive season. We all need a little cheering up in Britain right now, and there's no better way of achieving that than by reading Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life.”