S&S acquires Jaycee Dugard memoir

Simon & Schuster has acquired the memoir of Jaycee Dugard, the American 11-year-old who was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years by Philip Garrido, bearing two children by him.

Kerri Sharp, S&S UK non-fiction senior commissioning editor, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights including ANZ from S&S US, which bought world rights from Mort Janklow of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, and Nancy Seltzer, a representative for the Dugard family.

The memoir, as yet untitled, is written by Dugard, now aged 30, and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present day. According to the publisher: "in her stark, compelling narrative, [Dugard] will open up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found"."

Sharp said "Only once or twice in a career does one get the chance to publish such an extraordinary story of survival and courage."

The title will be published internationally in September 2011.