HQ lands kindness book featuring Haig, Sarpong and Duchess of York

HQ lands kindness book featuring Haig, Sarpong and Duchess of York

HQ has landed a “beautiful” book on kindness by Hello! editor in chief Rosie Nixon featuring contributions from Fearne Cotton, Matt Haig, June Sarpong and the Duchess of York among others.

Deputy publishing director Kate Fox acquired world all language rights from from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates. Kindness Counts is illustrated by Jakki Jones and will publish in hardback and e-book in November 2021.

The publisher explained: “Packed with heartwarming stories, fun facts and affirmations, each page aims to help readers be a little kinder to themselves, to each other, and to the planet. With a roster of contributors including Fearne Cotton, Matt Haig, Katie Piper, Melanie B, Holly Willoughby, June Sarpong, Izzy Judd, Beverley Knight, Dermot O’Leary, the Duchess of York, Jo Malone CBE, Paul Weller, Alex Scott MBE, Dr Julie Smith, Emma Bunton, Melissa Hemsley and many more, it is a celebration of kindness in all its forms.”

Nixon said: “Kindness is a subject I care passionately about. This book has a big heart and an important message: kindness can change the world. Kindness is within us all, but sometimes we need a gentle reminder, or a helping hand, to bring compassion into our lives as a daily practice — both towards ourselves, and others — but once we are able to do this, just watch the magic unfold! I am so grateful to Jakki for bringing this loving and wise book to life with her beautiful doodles, and the incredible list of stars and experts who have shared their words of wisdom with us. I truly believe this book will enrich lives.”

Jones added: “Kindness is one of the most important things I look at in people. It doesn’t cost anything — but it can have an amazing effect. You will always remember the people in life that were kind to you. It's something I want to instil in my kids: treat everyone with kindness. Kindness Counts is a pocket rocket book with a really powerful message. I am so delighted to bring Rosie’s words to life.”

Fox commented “This is a little book with huge impact, and I can’t think of a more important year for it to come out. Rosie has reached out to so many wonderful people and brings us all together in a message that we can all afford to be a little kinder.”