S&S buys memoir of Tina Nash

Simon & Schuster has bought the memoir of Tina Nash, who was subject to a horrific attack by her then-partner who blinded her by gouging out her eyes.

Nash’s plight came to light when her attacker Shane Jenkin was put on trial for grievous bodily harm in April. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of six years, in May.
Nash has previously spoken out in the media about the effect the attack has had on her life, telling the BBC her loss of sight made her feel “buried alive, claustrophobic and not in control of my life".

Kerri Sharp, senior commissioning editor of non-fiction at S&S, bought world rights to Nash’s memoir from Nash herself.

The book will “tell her full story” in Out of the Darkness, which S&S will publish in October 2012 as a paperback original.

Sharp said: “Tina has an understanding of domestic abuse that can help other potentially vulnerable people spot the warning signs. She intends for her book to encourage other women to get out of abusive relationships, and to come forward and speak out against this issue that affects one in four women.

"She survived something beyond the reaches of most people’s experience or imagination. She is the bravest person I’ve ever met and we are extremely proud to be publishing her story.”