Orwell Prize-winner McGarvey strikes two-book deal with Ebury

Orwell Prize-winner McGarvey strikes two-book deal with Ebury

Glaswegian rapper, commentator and 2018 Orwell Prize-winning author Darren McGarvey has signed a two-book deal with Ebury Press.

The deal follows the activist and recording artist's acclaimed crowd-funded first book, Poverty Safari. A searing examination of poverty in Britain combining memoir, journalism and polemic, it prompted appearances from the author on the BBC's "Question Time", and is currently due for republication with Picador/ Luath Press on 9th August to broaden its readership in conjuction with a one-man Edinburgh Fringe show of the same name taking place on 3rd August.

Ebury secured a two-book deal for world rights all languages with Vivienne Clore, hailing McGarvey as "a beacon voice for the wide range of readers who are currently struggling to make sense of Britain". Details have yet to be disclosed regarding what the books will concentrate on and when they are expected to publish.

Deputy Publisher Andrew Goodfellow said: "Poverty Safari is one of the most raw and inspiring books I’ve read in some while. At a time of entrenched tribalism Darren brings a rich, experiential perspective on social deprivation that views the issues of personal wellbeing and social politics as utterly inseparable.

"There is so much more to come from Darren and I believe he will quickly become a major author for Penguin Random House and a beacon voice for the wide range of readers who are currently struggling to make sense of Britain in such troubled times."

McGarvey said: "I remain in a state of slight disbelief about the success of Poverty Safari ... The deal with Penguin – while totally unexpected if I'm honest – comes at a time when the security of my young family lies at the forefront of my mind. It's a great honour and privilege to be working with Ebury and I would just like to express gratitude to everyone who has been supporting both the book and my work, generally. I'm looking forward to the challenge of a second book but more to the peace of mind that comes with knowing my children might get a better start in life than I did."