Cassell has acquired Shobna Gulati's memoir about losing her mother to dementia, and later uncovering her "suprising" life story.
Romilly Morgan, senior commissioning editor at Octopus, acquired world rights from Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown in Remember Me?, to publish on 17th September 2020 at £16.99.
Publishing to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day, the book is described as a "moving yet humorous" memoir in which a daughter sets out to reclaim her mother's past after her death, and in turn, discovers a huge amount about herself and their relationship.
Actor Gulati became a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood's "Dinnerladies" and as Sunita in "Coronation Street". She also appeared as a presenter on ITV's "Loose Women" and recently starred in "Doctor Who". She has just finished filming the upcoming feature film "Everybody’s Talking About Jamie".
Gulati commented: "I would never have written a book if my mum hadn’t got dementia. Dementia can happen to anyone and it happened to mum. It’s been an immense privilege to have loved her and in writing Remember Me? to uncover her surprising story set against the rich backdrop of culture, heritage and ancestry.
"Through this book, I really wanted to shine a light on our adventure as mother and daughter without judgement or taboo. To remember her as the woman she was, outside of being my mother, with and without this debilitating disease. As a result, I have been able to reimagine myself in a new life without her; protected by her legacy and empowered by her memory. I hope that readers whose lives and loved ones have been affected by dementia will find comfort in this too."
Morgan said: "Remember Me? is a memoir of losing a parent to dementia, capturing memory at its most intimate, fragile and fallible. It also examines the role shame plays in trauma, why it forces us to bury our problematic pasts and be selective of what we remember."