Quercus has signed What Is Your Problem? by Jack Dee, a book of "hilarious" advice compiled after the comedian took a four-hour online course to retrain as a psychotherapist.
Editorial director Jane Sturrock bought UK and world rights, excluding Canada and the USA, from Joe Norris at Off The Kerb Productions. The book will be published on 28th October 2021 with a major marketing and publicity campaign, including national broadcast interviews, print serial and key festival appearances around the UK.
The publisher explained: "With his training in hand, Dee has been expertly helping people out with their problems since announcing his new vocation. What is Your Problem? is a compilation of readers’ problems, be they about relationships, finances, cross-dressing, nosey neighbours, coping with Christmas, coping with teenagers or just coping with Mike from the accounts department, and Jack’s patient and compassionate responses, which draw on his unique but highly professional approach to therapy."
Sturrock said: "Jack Dee is a national treasure and I can’t think of anyone better placed to comfort and console readers in their hour of need than the man dubbed by Jeremy Hardy as ‘comedy’s little ray of sleet’. Jack’s particular brand of advice is unconventional, impatient, sometimes sarcastic and yet often surprisingly wise, and the result is laugh-out-loud funny."
Dee commented: "It’s just my way of giving something back."