HarperCollins has acquired world all-language rights to Why Mummy Drinks: The Journal by Gill Sims, to publish on 18th October (£9.99, flexi hardback).
HC non-fiction editorial director Katya Shipster did the deal with Paul Baker at Headway Talent.
The journal, following hard on the heels of Sims' second novel Why Mummy Swears, out in July, is billed as "the perfect laugh-out-loud companion for fans to pen the ups and downs, and the joys and trials of parenthood. Featuring charming illustrations and creative prompts, the journal is peppered with Mummy’s hilarious reflections throughout the year and her all-important drink recommendations at the end of each month."
Shipster said: ‘Gill (and her fantastic comic creation Ellen), has been a good friend to many parents, new and old, everywhere. In response to demand now her fans can enjoy a little bit of Ellen, and her humorous take on the world, every day, while they wait for her next novel.’
Sims added: "It's been great fun creating the journal, and doing something so different from writing fiction. I'm thrilled to be lucky enough to work with a publisher like HarperCollins, who encourage me to pursue such diverse projects!"
Sims' first two books Why Mummy Drinks and Why Mummy Swears have sold a combined 400,000 copies across all formats. the publisher said, while her "Peter and Jane" Facebook community now stands at 400,000 fans.