Hodder & Stoughton has acquired A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds, to be published under the Yelllow Kite imprint in 2017.
Assistant editor Maddy Price acquired UK and commonwealth rights in a pre-emptive deal from Robyn Drury at Diane Banks Associates.
Covering all aspects of living with mental illness for both sufferers and their supporters, it is intended as a candid exploration of mental illness that is both a personal account of what it's like to be a young person living with poor mental health, and a guide to dealing with and understanding it.
Reynolds is a writer and broadcaster from London. She has written about mental health, feminism, sex, science and tech for the Observer, VICE, Wired UK, The Debrief and the Independent, and sits on the National Lottery’s Youth Leadership Panel.
Price said: “Emily’s honesty and compassion immediately struck a chord with me. Her book is a powerful personal story combined with enormously helpful and practical advice, and is the perfect tool for the hundreds of thousands of young people suffering from mental health issues today. I’m absolutely thrilled that Emily has found a publishing home at Hodder & Stoughton.”
Reynolds said: “There have been many times in my life when I wished I had a practical but empathetic guide to dealing with my mental illness - and that's what motivated me to write this book. I hope that people going through similar experiences will find it comforting to know they're not alone, that the advice in the book will be genuinely helpful to them, and that it will help their friends and family understand a little better too.”
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