Weidenfeld & Nicolson is publishing award-winning journalist and broadcaster Sian Williams’ first book Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma.
Publisher Alan Samson at W&N bought world rights for the non-fiction title from Annabel Merullo at PFD, with a view to publishing in June 2016 in hardback.
In Rise, Williams explores “the science of resilience and growth after trauma", as a trained trauma assessor. Her “deeply researched” title documents her own path through a recent and sudden life-changing event, which will not be revealed by Williams or the publisher until the book's publication.
Williams said: “A week after my 50th birthday and just as our family was about to move home, something happened that changed the way I looked at life. I spoke to others about how they rebuilt their shattered worlds after very different personal traumas, emerging stronger than before. I hope our experiences, together with the latest science on resilience, will help guide all those going through tough times. This book says that it’s possible not just to survive them, but to thrive. To rise.”
Samson said: “Sian Williams’ Rise has impressed me so much. Her book is a deeply researched exploration of trauma, grief and illness, and most importantly resilience in the darkest of times. It is an incredibly intelligent and powerful piece of work, full of honesty, wit and wisdom.”
Williams has three decades of experience in journalism and is known nationally for her work on BBC television and Radio 4. As well as continuing her BBC work, next year she’s also joining Channel 5 as the face of its flagship 5pm news show. She has also written articles for many newspapers on trauma and stress and has an MSc in Psychology.