Usborne has acquired Tamsin Winter’s new novel, Girl, In Real Life, as well as a second untitled book.
Editorial director Rebecca Hill and senior commissioning editor Sarah Stewart acquired world English rights from Luigi Bonomi at LBA. Girl, In Real Life will be published in April 2021.
Usborne is already the publisher for Winter’s first two novels: Jemima Small Versus the Universe and Being Miss Nobody.
The book delves into the lives of children whose parents have put them in the online spotlight since the moment they were born. Girl, In Real Life asks what’s it like to have every tantrum, every spot—even your first period—broadcast to hundreds of thousands of followers?
Winter was inspired by teenagers suing their parents for refusing to take down embarrassing childhood photos from social media. It struck her that there will be teenagers alive today who have had their whole lives documented online, in the public eye.
"Girl, In Real Life is a heartfelt novel about Eva, whose parents have been blogging about her life since the moment her mother discovered she was pregnant," reads the synopsis. "Their blog has 1.2 million followers and Eva’s home life is constantly curated and recorded for the blog, whether she likes it or not. Eva has had enough, but her parents won’t shut down there blog, meaning she has to find a way to do it herself."
Hill said: “The response to Tamsin’s first two books has been incredible. It’s clear to see that readers adore Tamsin’s fresh, funny and thought-provoking storylines and we are excited to carry on growing her for the young teen audience.”