Hodder & Stoughton has pre-empted a memoir of caring for terminally ill parents which manages to be "funny and outrageous" despite its subject matter.
Publisher Hannah Black bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Dan Marshall’s Home is Burning from Jenny Meyer at Jenny Meyer Literary Agency.
Marshall’s book tells the story of how he returned home in his 20s when his mother had a cancer relapse and his father was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Home is Burning describes the year he spent back at home in his parent’s basement in Salt Lake City as he reunited with his four eccentric siblings.
Together the siblings formed “Team Terminal” to battle against their parents’ illnesses and occasionally each other.
Marshall said: “The experience of caring for our sick parents was a difficult one for my siblings and I, but we somehow managed to get through it using humour and an absurd amount of foul language. I’m absolutely thrilled that Home is Burning is getting out into the world so everyone can experience how crazy my family is."
Black said: “A memoir about going home to look after your terminally ill parents doesn’t sound particularly hilarious but here Dan shows the sadness and horror and ugliness of it all in a way is funny and outrageous, but also unforgettably loving. He’s a brilliantly accomplished writer and Home is Burning speaks of those big emotional life issues and everyday heartbreaks and hopes in a way that will resonate with us all.”
Hodder will publish Home is Burning in October.