Trapeze to publish Morton's look at rape culture

Trapeze to publish Morton's look at rape culture

Trapeze has bought a book on rape culture and sexual violence by activist and podcaster Catriona Morton.

Marleigh Price, editor at Trapeze, acquired world English rights for The Way We Survive: Notes on Rape Culture, from Rachel Mann at the Jo Unwin Literary Agency. It will be published in trade paperback in July 2021. 

The Way We Survive is a powerful, searing indictment of rape culture,” Trapeze said. “Offering up a cultural critique of the insidiousness of misogyny, along with personal, intimate insights into how those who have experienced sexual violence can truly come to survive in the aftermath of such a violation, the book ultimately acts as a clarion call to action, demanding a re-evaluation of the treatment of survivors, as well as the need to examine our approaches to justice in the face of sexual violence.”   

In her BBC Sounds podcast “After”, Morton interviews survivors of sexual violence about their experiences and their subsequent coping strategies. The podcast was nominated for the British Podcast Awards’ Bullseye Awards 2020 and the BBC Radio and Music Awards’ Best Storytelling Podcast. 

Price said: “Catriona is an extraordinary force of nature and a brilliant and emotive writer. Navigating painful, difficult subjects with warmth, empathy and humour, this book feels much needed in light of the current conversations taking place around sexual violence and rape culture. I hope that this is book will validate survivor’s experiences and make those who have experienced sexual violence feel less alone, as well as acting as a powerful insight and analysis into the ways in which rape culture is perpetuated. I couldn’t be prouder to be publishing this vital, necessary book.” 

Morton said: “I’m so proud to have been given the opportunity by Trapeze to use my voice in The Way We Survive. I hope the book can act as a safe place for survivors of all kinds of sexual trauma to come and read realities similar to their own, showing them that they’re not alone, no matter how much it can feel like it. I also hope it can be a vessel whereby people who aren’t survivors can learn more about what we live with every day.”