Yellow Kite has acquired Life is Sad and Beautiful: The Debut Poetry Collection from the Original Mummy’s Boy by poet Hussain Manawer.
Lauren Whelan, associate publisher at Yellow Kite and Hodder Lifestyle, bought world rights directly from the author. Publication is scheduled for 12th May 2022.
Manawer derives much of his inspiration from his own experiences and intense grief at the sudden loss of his mother and his debut poetry collection will invite readers on his journey through depression and grief, and out the other side to a better place.
Alongside being a poet, Manawer is a mental health advocate and producer who has worked with the Royal Family, the Baftas, Anthony Joshua and Marcus Rashford among others. He most recently appeared alongside Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey in the mental health series “The Me You Can't See”.
Manawer said: "I remember the day I wrote my first ever poem, I was sitting on my bed in the attic and started jotting down lines on this little notepad, little did I know where it would lead me professionally, personally and also psychologically. Poetry became the biggest part of my life and I am thrilled to be here today being able to announce my debut book. This is my life's work to this date, all my notes, my favourite pieces that have served me through my darkest nights and carried me through every moment of pain, suffering, anxiety, panic and hardship. I am so proud to present this book to you all, I hope you enjoy it as much I did."
Whelan commented: "As Hussain says 'it’s in your lowest moments you find the gold dust; it is here where the magic lives' – his debut book will embody this sentiment, shift outlooks and stand as a powerful vehicle for comfort and growth for readers. He is such a tremendous talent and we’re very proud to have him joining the roster at Yellow Kite and Hodder & Stoughton."