Octopus imprint Brazen will publish a small edition of bestselling feminist manifesto Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, and is partnering with the National Literacy Trust to distribute across schools.
Editorial director Romilly Morgan is overseeing the new release by Florence Given, a British archivist and illustrator. The slimmed down 96-page version of the feminist manifesto Women Don’t Owe You Pretty will be published on 9th September as a black and white, narrative paperback with a retail price of £7.99.
“This promises to be the manifesto companion to the bestselling debut,” Octopus said. Since it was originally published last June, the book has been translated into 16 languages. The debut memoir's UK sales exceeded 100,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan in its first six months.
The edition will include a new chapter on "Why being heartbroken doesn’t make you a sh*t feminist", in which the author will share her own experiences alongside a wider discussion around what it means to be a feminist.
To mark publication, Octopus and Given are partnering with the National Literacy Trust to take Women Don’t Owe You Pretty into secondary schools and colleges around the UK. Given will deliver talks, and hundreds of copies will be donated to students. An exclusive edition featuring a holographic and mirrored cover design will be available through Waterstones and available to pre-order from today.
The publisher said: “Octopus will also be distributing bespoke stickers to independent bookshops to encourage readers to personalise their own copies of the new edition with unique designs, which has a simple pink and white cover design to allow for added creativity and colour—leopard print will, of course, feature. Florence will be, for the first time, available for in-person autumn events and Octopus are planning a UK-wide independent bookshop tour.”
Given will be hosting a Q&A on her Instagram Stories on 17th June at 6 p.m. to answer questions about this new version and discuss the plans.
She commented: “I’m so excited to make the book more accessible and get it into schools. It’s a book I wish I had access to at a young age and I can’t wait for young girls to read it.”
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