Bluebird, Pan Macmillan's wellness and lifestyle imprint, is publishing a memoir about the healing power of an animal’s love.
The "moving" memoir, called Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself, by Julie Barton, was originally published by a small press in Minnesota, Think Piece Publishing. But after it "raced off the shelves", world rights were subsequently snapped up by Penguin Random House US.
Carole Tonkinson acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights through Sabila Khan at PRH US.
It captures Barton's struggles with depression and her slow path to recovery only after adopting a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker, showing "the astonishing way the ever-present, unconditional love animals offer can heal even the most broken hearts and minds".
Barton said: "When the book sold out the day it was released in the US, I knew we were on to something. What I’ve learned is that I’m not alone; so many of us find deep solace and healing in our animals. I’m so happy to be celebrating this story worldwide, and to hear more readers’ stories of being rescued by their pets.”
Tonkinson said: “When Julie realises that her dog Bunker doesn’t need her to pretend to be happier than she is, her sadness begins to lift. Julie’s writing captures the special bond she shares with her dog Bunker that helps her escape debilitating depression and find peace. She beautifully articulates the healing presence of animals in our lives. I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing Dog Medicine and think it’s going to be a classic.”
Bluebird will publish alongside the US in paperback and e-book on 14th July 2016, priced £8.99 and £5.99, respectively.