W&N signs exploration of pain

W&N signs exploration of pain

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired an investigation into the pain industry by debut author Julia Buckley.

Bea Hemming, editorial director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, signed World English rights in Heal Me in a deal with Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.

Described as "part investigation, part memoir", the book chronicles Buckley's own experience as a chronic pain sufferer. Dismissed by the medical establishment, Buckley explored a number of "faith healers, alternative therapists and miracle workers" looking for relief. The book looks at the boundary where medicine, psychology and belief collide, while examining the failures of pain management in modern medicine.

Hemming said: "It was Julia’s voice that made this stand out for me. She writes about her own experiences with astonishing honesty, clarity and wit, as well as exploring the wider issues at stake with curiosity, rigour and determination. The book raises all sorts of fascinating questions about the boundaries between science, psychology and belief, as well as the limits of the modern medical system, but I’m certain that it also marks the arrival of an exciting new writing talent.”

Wilson said: “Julia is a rare talent – fearless and persistent, she articulates her experience in a way that is witty, affecting, and totally lacking in self-pity. She has the humour of Jon Ronson, the honesty of Liz Jones, the rigour of Ben Goldacre and the insight of Henry Marsh.”

Buckley is a journalist and translator based in Cornwall.

Heal Me will be published in spring 2017.