Simon & Schuster has acquired a new poetry anthology based on poems which make women cry, to be edited by father and son team Anthony and Ben Holden.
The Holdens’ first collaboration, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, published by Simon & Schuster in April last year, became the highest-selling poetry book of 2015, netting nearly 15,000 hardcover copies. The new book will stand as a companion volume with 100 eminent women from all walks of life invited to introduce and choose the poems that moved them to tears.
Suzanne Baboneau, m.d of the publisher’s adult publishing division, acquired the rights from Gill Coleridge at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
The Holdens said: “We had hoped all along to follow the first anthology with an equivalent for women. So we are delighted that Ian Chapman, Suzanne Baboneau and the brilliant team at Simon & Schuster, whose supreme publishing skills played such a role in the success of the first book, have shown the confidence in us to commission this sequel.”
Baboneau said: “We are excited by the quality of the names Anthony and Ben are already securing, which show the range, diversity and distinction that made the first volume so memorable and so successful.”
Both anthologies have their US home with Simon & Schuster Inc and are fully supported by Amnesty International.
Nicky Parker, publisher at Amnesty, added: “Poetry and freedom of expression go hand in hand: both are crucial to a healthy society. We at Amnesty are proud to partner on another beautiful and moving anthology.”
Poems That Make Grown Women Cry will be published in hardcover ahead of Mother’s Day 2016.