Virgin acquires Drew Barrymore essays

Virgin acquires Drew Barrymore essays

Virgin Books has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to Wildflower, a collection of autobiographical essays by actress and producer Drew Barrymore.

In the essays Barrymore, who shot to fame as a child actress when she played Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s "E.T.", writes about incidents from her life including living alone aged 14, getting stuck in a petrol station on a cross-country road trip and becoming a mother.

Yvonne Jacob, editor at Virgin Books, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights from Sabila Khan at Dutton, part of Penguin US.

Jacob said: “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Drew to the Virgin list. She is a true Hollywood icon and a wonderful writer. We’re all very excited about this project.”

Barrymore is also a producer and the production company she co-founded, Flower Films, produced "Charlie’s Angels", "50 First Dates" and "Donnie Darko". Her early memoir, Little Girl Lost, was published in 1990 (Simon & Schuster).

Virgin Books will publish Wildflower in October this year.