Jacaranda signs Iggy London debut

Jacaranda signs Iggy London debut

Jacaranda will publish award-winning film director Iggy London’s first book, Mandem

Jacaranda group editorial manager and LBF Trailblazer award-winner Magdalene Abraha acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Mandem from Holly Faulks at Greene & Heaton.

Mandem will be published in 2021 and “the book will be a continuation of the conversation started by Iggy’s 2016 film 'Black Boys Don’t Cry', exploring what it means to be a black man in contemporary Britain and ultimately attempting to break down existing stereotypes” according to the synopsis.

Abraha said: "Iggy’s work across multiple art forms continues to push the mark and to see him bringing his artistic expression and personal experiences into book form is very exciting."

London added: "I’m really excited to be published as I think these stories are missing from our genuine discourse, be it social, cultural or political. Imagine if there were a collective of artists, writers and creatives who shared real and honest conversations around the complexities of black manhood. It’s important we read first-hand experiences rather than stereotypical renderings in the media. Let’s start to re-imagine black British literature."

Known for an creative approach to storytelling that leads to a distinctive style, London has been commissioned by brands such as Nike and Adidas, spoken on Channel 4 and has been profiled by Dazed, i-D, Afropunk, Highsnobity and Hunger TV.