Orion imprint Trapeze is publishing comedian Sarah Millican's first book in October.
The non-fiction title, described as "part autobiography, part self-help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny", will publish on 19th October 2017, after Anna Valentine, publisher at Trapeze, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Hannah Chambers of Chambers Management.
Millican's debut will be populated by "daft stories" as well as advice for getting past "life's blips" like "being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom post-divorce".
Intended to be a frank and relateable read for women, the book's description says this is book for anyone who has "ever worn glasses at the age of six, worn an off-the-shoulder gown with no confidence, been contacted by an old school bully, lived in your childhood bedroom in your thirties, been gloriously dumped in a Frankie and Benny's, cried so much you felt great, been for a romantic walk with a dog, worn leggings two days in a row even though they smelt of wee from a distance". Covering all the bases, it adds: "If you haven't done those things but wish you had, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. If you just want to laugh on a train/sofa/toilet or under your desk at work, THIS IS YOUR BOOK."
Millican won the 2008 Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her debut solo show "Sarah Millican's Not Nice". She has also been nominated three times for The British Comedy Awards People's Choice: Queen of Comedy, which she went on to win in 2011. She is also a two-time BAFTA nominee for "The Sarah Millican Television Programme", with other television credits including two appearances on The Royal Variety Performance and four appearances on BBC stand-up show Live At The Apollo. Her debut DVD, "Chatterbox Live!", was the biggest selling stand-up DVD by a female comedian of all time, selling over 150,000 units in the first five weeks of release. Her latest DVD, "Sarah Millican: Outsider", was released in November 2016. As well as her live and TV work, Millican is the founder of Standard Issue magazine for women.
Valentine said: "Sarah Millican is one of the greatest comedians of her generation, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since seeing her debut show in 2008. For years I’ve written to Hannah hoping to convince Sarah to put pen to paper, but she’s admirably waited until the time felt right. Well, I’m now so incredibly thrilled that she’s ready to tell her story, and that she’s chosen Trapeze to do it justice. Sarah’s world, where a cup of tea in the bath is the ultimate in luxury, and a relaxing Friday night means taking her bra off in front of the telly, is one that we can all relate to, and I know her book will delight her legion of fans that have waited so long to read it."