Simon & Schuster UK is to publish Rupi Kaur's second collection of poetry The Sun and Her Flowers on 3rd October 2017.
The book is the second collection of poetry and illustrations by Kaur, whose first collection, Milk and Honey (Andrews McMeel Publishing) was last year's bestselling poetry title by some distance, selling 33,656 copies for £272,337 - twice as much as the next bestselling poetry book, according to Nielsen BookScan. Sales are ramping up this year, with 44,482 copies sold for £365,723 in the first half of 2017 – five times better than the next bestselling poetry book.
Milk and Honey was an originally self-published book of poetry that sold over 15,000 copies in its first run thanks to Kaur's army of social media fans (138k followers on Twitter and 1.4m on Instagram).
Kaur said: “I feel beyond excited and blessed to take readers on this new journey with me. This new book has had so much heart poured into it. I have been working on this vision for three years and now it’s come to life.”
Divided into five chapters, The Sun and Her Flowers guides readers on a journey of "wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming in a celebration of love in all its forms". It is a "vibrant and transcendent" journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honouring one’s roots, expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. The collection continues Kaur’s exploration of themes of love, loss, trauma, healing and femininity.
Kirsty Melville, president and publisher of AMP, said: "Rupi connects with her readers in an extraordinarily personal way; her work empowers, inspires and restores hope. She has forged an international community of passionately engaged readers who enthusiastically await her new collection."
Suzanne Baboneau, managing director, adult publishing division, Simon & Schuster UK, said: "Milk and Honey continues to be an extraordinary word-of-mouth seller in the UK. To be publishing its sibling, as Rupi has termed The Sun and the Flowers, is truly exciting. To be able to express, in lines of exquisite poetry, the raw emotion of our lives today, whoever we are, is a mark of genius on the part of this remarkable young writer."
Simon & Schuster holds British Commonwealth (excluding Canada) to the title.