Trapeze has signed Reader, I Married Me, a "twist on the traditional love story" which follows a woman who decides to marry herself.
Sam Eades, editorial director at Trapeze, acquired world rights in all languages for Reader, I Married Me by Sophie Tanner in a one-book deal struck by Amanda Preston at LBA.
In a "twist on the traditional love story", Reader, I Married Me follows sologamist Chloe Usher as she embarks on a quest of self-discovery with love, laughter and a happy ever after.
The book is a "cheeky, light-heartedly subversive" tale about a woman who decides to marry herself. In a "perfect example of life imitating art", Tanner married herself at Brighton Fringe festival in May 2015.
Eades said: "The popularity of 'Fleabag' and 'Hot Mess' shows there is an appetite for stories where characters find their own happiness without a partner at their side. Reader, I Married Me invites the reader to treat themselves with the same compassion and kindness that we show others. Sophie is a joy to work with and a huge media profile, and we are going to have lots of fun publishing this book."
Tanner said: "I was lying in bed one morning, having just recovered from a really bad break up, and I realised with relief that my natural sense of optimism and happiness had returned – I had myself back at last. I decided to write a novel about a woman who marries herself in a gesture of self-compassion, after all, how can you truly love someone else until you learn to love yourself? Having Sam Eades and Amanda Preston’s support and expertise means the world to me and I’m so excited to share this story."
Reader, I Married Me will be published by Trapeze in e-book in August 2018 with the mass market paperback in May 2019.