Pan Macmillan’s Carole Tonkinson has acquired world rights to a book addressing “the taboo of childlessness” from the founder of Gateway Women, a support network for childless women, Jody Day.
The book, entitled Living the Life Unexpected, will be published by Bluebird, the new lifestyle imprint Tonkinson founded at Pan Macmillan when she joined last year.
Originally self-published on Kindle as Rocking the Life Unexpected, the book will be fully revised with updated case studies and new findings.
Day has struggled with childlessness herself and in her book explains that, after finding little support when she felt at her most isolated and grief-stricken, she decided to use her training as an integrative psychotherapist to develop a programme to help women come to terms with their grief and to move on to happy, meaningful and fulfilling lives without children. She is also a Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School at Cambridge University.
Tonkinson said: “Jody has already touched the lives of thousands of women all over the world who have felt themselves to be alone, creating a network of friendship and hope. I can’t imagine a better advocate for this cause. A training integrative therapist who is empathetic, energetic and informed, Day brings deep wisdom and practical help to those struggling with life-defining grief. It is a real privilege to extend Jody’s healing and transformative work to more people—women and also men–who mourn the absence of children from their lives.”
Day added: “I am thrilled that Bluebird will be publishing my book and taking it to a wider, and hopefully global, readership. Over the last four years since I wrote my first blog on childlessness, half a million women around the world have had their lives touched by my approach. Unchosen childlessness still remains an intensely private, shameful and isolating experience, and our grief is mostly ignored and often belittled. I really hope this new edition of book enables that message to get out there more and to help women who currently feel that they’re alone with it that there is support and sisterhood available for them too.”
Bluebird will publish Living the Life Unexpected to coincide with International Women’s Day in March 2016.