Hodder buys book from stroke survivor

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired world rights in a book by stroke survivor Jodi Ann Bickley.

Non-fiction publisher Liz Gough bought rights in the title, One Million Lovely Letters, directly from the author, with plans to publish in spring next year.

Bickley was 22 when she suffered from a brain infection which brought on a stroke. She was left unable to walk or write, and had to teach herself to live independently again and find a new sense of purpose. She set up the project One Million Lovely Letters, www.onemillionlovelyletters.com, where she promises to write an inspirational letter to anyone in need of a lift. The book will focus on her life and recovery and the power of the letters. She has written 700 in the past six weeks.

Gough said: "She has been through a terrible time, but rather than wallow in it, she has decided to put her time here on earth to good use. This book will restore our faith in the kindness of others, and in humanity as a whole."