Allen & Unwin, an imprint of Atlantic Books, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone.
UK publisher Ed Faulkner and Kelly Fagan, publisher at A&U Australia, secured rights from Suzanne Smith at Knopf Doubleday in New York.
The Beauty of Living Twice will chronicle the actress' efforts to rebuild her life after suffering a stroke. Stone will also talk about her pivotal roles, her friendships, her disappointments and her accomplishments. The memoir will reveal how Stone went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a business that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She will describe the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she will share how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love, says the publisher.
Faulkner commented: "I am delighted that one of my first acquisitions at Allen & Unwin is Sharon Stone’s powerful and deeply moving memoir. So much more than a Hollywood icon, Sharon Stone has overcome real trauma in her life, and her bravery and humanity shine through in this unique story of survival and resilience. We can’t wait to publish it."
Fagan added: "Despite everything Sharon Stone has been through, this memoir still manages to be so beautifully evocative that it was a pleasure to read. Utterly unputdownable, I couldn’t be prouder to be part of bringing this powerful book into the world."
Stone said: "I dedicate this memoir to my mother, not because it was easy for either of us, but because she taught me the exact things I needed to know to live in this world at this time. I am grateful for this growth opportunity, grateful to be able to humble myself to learn more about relationships, and grateful to the readers who choose to join me in this journey."
The Beauty of Living Twice will be published in hardback, trade paperback and e-book in April 2021.
Jacket photograph of Sharon Stone, New York, 1995 (c) Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation, Paris. Jacket design by John Gall.