HarperCollins imprint HQ is to be the UK publisher for Brave, the "courageous" memoir and manifesto from former actress Rose McGowan.
HC imprint HarperOne in the US has already announced it is publishing the book in late January next year. HQ has now acquired UK and Commonwealth rights and will publish on 30th January.
According to the publisher, the title is "unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck."
"Brave is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be brave", said the publisher.
McGowan said: “Hello fellow human, pleased to meet you. My name is Rose McGowan and I am brave. I want you to be too.”My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another, the biggest cult of all: Hollywood. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.”
HQ senior commissioning editor Rachel Kenny said: "Rose is a true crusader and we are hugely proud to be the U.K. publishers of one the first women to expose the misogynistic and abhorrent practices in Hollywood at the expense of her reputation, her financial stability and her career. From the very beginning, we made it our mission to publish the stories of brave women. It is our honour and our duty to publish Rose’s incredible story which is not only vitally important but also empowering, explosive and utterly compelling."
McGowan is a writer, director, music artist, former actress, entrepreneur, founder of #ROSEARMY and feminist activist who held lead roles in films such as "Scream", "Jawbreaker", and "Planet Terror". She starred on the hit series "Charmed" from 2001 to 2006. Her directorial debut, "Dawn", was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her album, skincare line and documentary will all be released in 2018.
McGowan is one of the scores of women who have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. The publication of a New York Times report which exposed decades of alleged sexual assault against Weinstein, has prompted people across multiple industries to speak out against sexual harassment. A survey into harassment in the publishing industry conducted by The Bookseller found that 54% of women and 34% of men have suffered abuse in the industry.