Headline has pre-empted two books by journalist, columnist and media commentator Daisy Buchanan.
Commissioning editor Rachel Kenny bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada and ANZ, from Diana Beaumont at United Talent Agency, in her first deal for Headline since joining from HarperCollins in Autumn last year.
How to Grow Up is a “millennial roadmap for making the most of your twenties”. It promises both to "comfort, support and encourage" women in their twenties who feel "a little lost, anxious and panicky about adulthood" and a guide packed with "emotional and practical" advice for negotiating what is "a difficult decade”. The second book is as yet untitled.
Buchanan won Dating Writer of the Year in the 2015 UK Dating Awards. She is Grazia UK’s resident agony aunt, a Guardian and Telegraph Woman columnist and writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Esquire, Glamour, Look, Marie Claire, Stylist, The Pool and The Sunday Times. She is also the author of The Wickedly Unofficial Guide To Made In Chelsea (Sphere), published in 2013, and Meeting Your Match: Navigating the Minefield of Online Dating (Carlton Books) which published in January 2015.
Kenny said: “I’ve followed Daisy for some time, and have always marvelled at not only her talent for deftly expressing exactly what everyone is thinking yet finds impossible to articulate, but also her extraordinary wit, honesty and wisdom. So I dared to dream when I heard she was writing her next book. The proposal that arrived for How to Grow Up completely exceeded my high expectations and those of the whole team at Headline. It was such a joy to read and is the perfect marrying of subject with author. We’re utterly delighted and so proud to be publishing Daisy.”
Buchanan said: “I'm really excited to be working with Rachel and the team at Headline - they have published so many excellent titles and I'm delighted that How To Grow Up will be among them. This is such a confusing, exciting time to be a young woman, and I'm still trying to figure out a lot of it myself, but I've learned from my many mistakes and now other readers can too! Hopefully, I'm writing the book I want to read - a guide to surviving your twenties, which is nourishing, uplifting, reassuring and most of all funny.”
How to Grow Up will be published in March 2017.