Michael Joseph will publish a new non-fiction book from Sunday Times bestseller Giovanna Fletcher.
Non-fiction publisher Charlotte Hardman acquired world rights to Letters on Motherhood from Hannah Ferguson at Hardman & Swainson, acquired world rights. The book will be published in hardback on 20th February 2020.
Letters on Motherhood is a collection of "heartfelt and deeply personal letters written to Giovanna’s three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom Fletcher, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today," reads the synopsis. "Giovanna shares the funny and moving personal tales of her own family life whilst also talking about the deeper universal truths of parenting, from coping with mum guilt, finding a work/family life balance, positive body image, rediscovering a sense of identity and a parent's hopes, fears and expectations for their child's future."
Speaking about how she came up with the idea for the book, Fletcher said: "Each pregnancy I would write letters to the baby in my tummy. Telling them what I was up to, and keeping them up to date on scans, kicks and reveals. I used to love taking time in the evening to sit and channel my energy into something calm - something that made me reflect on the past, be in the present and hope for the future all in one go.
"I’ve missed writing those letters as it’s a great way to process emotions and share honestly. Letters on Motherhood is an array of letters not only to my boys, but to my own parents, my husband, other mums and dads who feel like their failing even though they’re doing a great job, and to myself. Thoughts, ponderings, sense and nonsense – it’s all in there."
Fletcher is a Sunday Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. Her book Happy Mum, Happy Baby (Coronet) shot to number one in 2017 and she has gone on to host a podcast of the same title, which she is taking on tour this month. Fletcher has sold 451,854 books for £2.7m through Nielsen, with 2013’s Billy and Me (Penguin), at 88,679 copies sold in paperback, her biggest seller.
Hardman said: "Giovanna Fletcher is already so well known and loved for bringing parents together to talk honestly about family life and all of its highs and lows. Gi talks so openly and with such humour and humility about being a parent and you cannot help but feel that even her most personal tales have something all of us can relate to at their heart. I’m very excited to be working with Giovanna again on the most beautiful, witty and thoughtful collection of pieces on what it is to be a mum today."