Dawn French is to release a new novel called According to Yes in time for the Christmas season.
Penguin Random House has snapped up rights to the title, which will be released simultaneously across the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia on 22nd October next month.
French’s third novel, According to Yes is described as “a brilliant comedy of manners,” which follows the trials and tribulations of Rosie Kitto, an eccentric 38-year-old primary school teacher from England who is deployed to ‘The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy’ – otherwise known as Manhattan’s Upper East side – and the Wilder-Bingham family, where there are strict rules and codes of behaviour that Rosie must adhere to.
A PRH spokesperson said: “But as Rosie bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book. For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone decides to say yes?”
Louise Moore, m.d of Michael Joseph, said: “A novel from Dawn is always an exciting event. According To Yes sees her at her absolute best with fresh, funny, and moving writing and a cast of characters that will have you laughing and crying alongside them to the very last page.”
In 2010 Dawn French’s debut novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Penguin) went straight to the top of the UK’s book chart and was followed two years later by Oh Dear Silvia (Penguin). The former has sold 723,000 copies for £4.5m since its release in October 2010 and the latter has shifted 360,000 units for £2.2m since October 2012 according to Nielsen BookScan.
Following publication of According to Yes in October, Dawn will take to the London stage for a four week run of her critically acclaimed one woman show, '30 Million Minutes' which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on 11th November. The show will explore French's career and her loves and losses.