Quercus is publishing Older and Wider: A Survivor’s Guide to the Menopause by comedian Jenny Eclair this summer.
Editorial director Jane Sturrock acquired world rights, excluding US and Canada, from Katie McKay and Richard Allen-Turner at Avalon. Publication in hardback is set for 2nd July 2020.
The synopsis reads: "From C for Carb-loading and G for Getting Your Shit Together to I for Invisibility and V for Vaginas, Jenny's whistle-stop tour of the menopause in all its glory will make you realise that it really isn't just you. Jenny will share the surprising lessons she has learnt along the way as well as her hard-won tips on the joy of cardigans, dealing with the empty nest (get a lodger) and keeping the lid on the pressure cooker of your temper (count to 20, 10 is never enough)."
Sturrock said: "I am thrilled to be publishing Jenny's book. I’m amazed at how we still lower our voices when we talk about the menopause – how can something that will impact half the population still be considered taboo? Jenny has no time for that mealy-mouthed earnestness and it is incredibly refreshing to read such a hilarious, irreverent and honest account of this stage of life. While there is no one-size-fits-all menopause, I hope readers will find comfort in the fact that they are not the only one wondering what the hell just happened."
Eclair said: "I can't say that I've emerged like a beautiful butterfly from some hideous old menopausal chrysalis and it would be a lie to say that I've found the 'old me' again. But what I have found is the 'new me' – and you know what? I’m completely cool with that."