Welbeck Publishing Group has acquired Ruby Wax's A Mindfulness Guide for Survival, to be published on 5th August 2021.
The workbook is billed as an "indispensable" guide to survival that will help readers work through their mental health and provide a roadmap to a healthier happier mind, as well as giving readers the tools to deal with the challenges of day-to-day life.
Ajda Vucicevic, editorial director for non-fiction, acquired world rights from Caroline Michel at PFD.
Vucicevic said: "This is the book that I’ve wanted to read and learn from for so long, and I couldn’t be happier to be publishing it this year. We’ve all had to cope in our own way – but help is here. Ruby is the voice and teacher we all need right now."
Wax commented: "So starting from the beginning of lockdown, I’ve been witness to the public mood, from the shock of being locked in to the shock of being let out. I’ve been proxy to this human roller-coaster ride sitting beside them in the same car. Arms up and screaming with them as we plummeted into hell and face off, teeth bared as we climbed back up. This bird’s eye view of humans at their most raw and vulnerable was the motor behind writing this workbook. In case we’re ever caught with our emotional pants down again, I offer it as a little guide to help us build our bulk as far as learning to deal with the unknown.
"This isn’t just a how to survive post-pandemic (we were lonely, uncertain, fearful, too busy, too distracted, too needy, too delusional before the pandemic), this is for survival in general – how to get through a day without thinking we’ve failed, we didn’t do enough, we should have, could have..... (you know the lyrics) and that who we are is enough."
Wax's last three books, And Now For The Good News... (2020), How to Be Human (2018) and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled (2016) were published by Penguin Life.