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Dr. Soph has a bachelor’s in psychology, a masters in neuroscience and doctorate in clinical psychology. She is one of the few clinical psychologists in the world right now totally taking psychology out of the therapy room. She left behind her traditional role as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and has helped thousands manage their emotional wellbeing by sharing her psychological knowledge on Instagram, her blog and through her online private practice. Dr. Soph is an expert for the mindfulness app, Happy Not Perfect and has been featured in global outlets including Vice Magazine, Girlboss, Psych Central, Well + Good and Elite Daily. Dr. Soph is currently working on her first book.
Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Emma Gannon is a Sunday Times Business bestselling author and host of no.1 careers and tech podcast Ctrl Alt Delete. She began her career as Social Media Editor at Condé Nast, and has since been published everywhere from The Telegraph and The Guardian to MTV and ELLE, as well as being a columnist for The Telegraph, COURIER and The Sunday Times. Ctrl Alt Delete was the title of Emma’s first book which documented her adolescence online. But it was The Multi-Hyphen Method – a manifesto for crafting work on your own terms – that established her as one of the most exciting voices in business today. The Sunday Times Business bestseller, which was acclaimed by Richard Branson, champions diversifying your skillset and following your interests when it comes to the world of work. After the book’s publication, Emma was selected in the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list for media and marketing. Her debut novel OLIVE follows a protagonist asking the big questions about motherhood and will be published by HarperCollins in June 2020. Her longform essay Sabotage was crowdfunded and published via the Proud Project. Emma wants to spark curiosity in the people that follow her. Her WEBBY-nominated podcast Ctrl, Alt, Delete is an insight into people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. It won Best Business Podcast at the Vuelio Awards in 2019 and has had over 6 million downloads, with guests including the philosopher Alain de Botton, Richard E. grant, Greta Gerwig and Elaine Paige. Both people and brands – such as Google Pixel, Amnesty, and Sainsbury’s – look to Emma as a curator of people and ideas. Her various platforms have become a window into her multi-hyphenate lifestyle, while her newsletter The Hyphen is an exploration of ideas that have got her thinking in new ways. For Emma, following interests where they lead doesn’t make millennials flakey or indecisive; it makes us hungry for opportunities to grow. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
The debut novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Emma Gannon.
Knows her own mind.
OLIVE is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.
Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.
Olive is available to pre-order now ahead of publication in June 2020.
Praise for Olive:
“Thoughtful, searching, funny, and (most importantly) honest” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“It’ll give a voice to countless women” – Marian Keyes
“I loved Olive. How I wish she had been around when I was 30 to reassure me there was more than one way to live a life” – Sam Baker
Scarlett Curtis is a writer, activist, podcaster and journalist. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Vogue and is currently contributing editor at The Sunday Times Style. In 2017 Scarlett co-founded The Pink Protest; a feminist activist collective committed to helping young people take action online and IRL. To date they have been a part of campaigns that have changed two laws; a bill to help end period poverty and a bill to get FGM into the Children’s Act. Scarlett is the curator of two Sunday Times Bestsellers. “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & other lies”; a collection of essays by 52 women on what feminism means to them, which also won the National Book Award, and “It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue & other lies” a collection of essays by over 60 contributors discussing mental health. Scarlett was awarded the Changemaker Award for young activists presented by Equality Now, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE in November 2019. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies)
Over 60 inspirational people have shared their stories and opened up about their mental health in Scarlett Curtis’ newly curated book, It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies).
Powerful, funny, moving, this book is here to tell you: It’s OK.
With writing from:
Adam Kay – Alastair Campbell – Alexis Caught – Ben Platt – Bryony Gordon – Candice Carty-Williams – Charlie Mackesy – Charly Cox – Chidera Eggerue – Claire Stancliffe – Davina McCall – Dawn O’Porter – Elizabeth Day – Elizabeth Uviebinené – Ella Purnell – Emilia Clarke – Emma Thompson – Eve Delaney – Fearne Cotton – Gabby Edlin – Gemma Styles – GIRLI (Milly Toomey) – Grace Beverley – Hannah Witton – Honey Ross – Hussain Manawer – Jack Rooke – James Blake – Jamie Flook – Jamie Windust – Jessie Cave – Jo Irwin – Jonah Freud – Jonny Benjamin – Jordan Stephens – Kai-Isaiah Jamal – Kate Weinberg – Kelechi Okafor – Khalil Aldabbas – KUCHENGA – Lauren Mahon – Lena Dunham – Maggie Matic – Martha Lane Fox – Mathew Kollamkulam – Matt Haig – Megan Crabbe – Michael Kitching – Michelle Elman – Miranda Hart – Mitch Price – Mona Chalabi – Montana Brown – Nadia Craddock – Naomi Campbell – Poorna Bell – Poppy Jamie – Reggie Yates – Ripley Parker – Robert Kazandjian – Rosa Mercuriadis – Saba Asif – Sam Smith – Scarlett Curtis – Scarlett Moffatt – Scottee – Sharon Chalkin Feldstein – Shonagh Marie – Simon Amstell – Steve Ali – Tanya Byron – Travon Free – Yomi Adegoke – Yusuf Al Majarhi.
Praise for It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies):
“The freshest, most honest collection of writing about mental health I’ve read, full of wit, passion and emotion” – Stephen Fry
“This is the book I needed when I was younger” – Jameela Jamil
“A great book. However you’re feeling, it will help” – Ed Sheeran
Sam Baker is a writer, editor and media consultant and has edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines. Having spent five years as the editor of Company magazine, she edited the UK edition of Cosmopolitan before spending six years as Editor-in-Chief of Red magazine in 2015 Sam co-founded The Pool, a multi-award-winning online platform that made inspiring and original content for busy women. As a novelist, Sam has written multiple books including: Fashion Victim, This Year’s Model, The Stepmothers Support Group, To My Best Friends, and most recently, The Woman Who Ran, which was described by Marian Keyes as ‘Wildly gripping and unputdownable…a brilliant book.’ Sam has also judged The Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the British Book Awards. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
‘I NEED this book. We ALL need this book! If menopause happened to men, there would be CELEBRATIONS and parties every time one of them completed their change.’ – Marian Keyes
The essential manifesto for any woman staring at the second half of their lives in the face and wondering, WTF is going on?
* Invisible to society now you’re past child-bearing age?
* Tired of being disregarded, overlooked and underestimated?
* Wondering what the hell is happening to your body, mind, internal thermostat?
Women over forty are the most ignored demographic in society. And yet this is the time when you are likely to have the most freedom, power, confidence and self knowledge than ever before. Some serious life has been lived: there have been great loves, heartbreaks, births, marriages, careers, betrayals, bereavements and survival. So what now? What happens when the narrative given to you by society – husband, babies, house – runs out and you become storyless?
Including chapters on menopause, sex, culture, work, rage and freedom, writer and journalist Sam Baker shares her experiences of life post 40 and shows how women can create their own story. This needn’t herald the era of loose clothing and hair dye; or hot flashes and bad sleep (though there is that too). It’s time women north of 40 took a leaf out of the millennial handbook and reinvented things our way.
Harness your energy, opinions and power and create a liberating new narrative for the second half of life.
The Shift publishes in September 2020 and is available to pre-order now.
The purveyors of all things indoor green, authors and indoor garden designers Rose and Caro have long been growing an audience of eager urbanites who, like them, believe that life in the city is more joyful with a potted plant (or ten) as company.
Since 2014, they have helped to transform the interiors of many companies around London with air cleansing, impactful greenery. From open-plan workspaces to subterranean restaurants, each indoor jungle is designed to improve well-being, and create healthier spaces to live and work. Their debut book ‘House of Plants – Living with Succulents, Air Plants & Cacti’, was published by Frances Lincoln in 2016. It became an international hit, and has been translated into eight languages.
Their second book, ‘Root, Nurture, Grow – The Essential Guide to Propagating & Sharing Houseplants’ was published by Quadrille in October 2018, and is the first dedicated propagation handbook to help an ever-growing community of indoor plant lovers swap and multiply their favourites. Represented by: Laura McNeill / Laura.McNeill@gleamfutures.com
Zeppelinmoon aka Amber
Zeppelinmoon, aka Amber, worked as a doctor in the NHS for 14 years until carving herself a new career as an artist. She specialised in forensic psychiatry, working with severely mentally ill offenders in prisons, secure hospitals and the community.
She is driven by a deep-rooted compassion for those that society rejects, mistreats and ignores and for those suffering mental anguish. She believes all souls, human and animal, deserve to be loved and treated as equals. This manifests in her art where she often champions the unloved, the feared and the endangered.
She regularly escapes to a magical world to befriend and listen to animals – and likes to take you there too. Amber can be found online at @zeppelinmoon. Her debut book will be published in 2020/2021. Represented by: Laura McNeill / Laura.McNeill@gleamfutures.com
Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson
Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are the authors of the Sunday Times bestsellers, Parenting the Sh*t out of Life and Where’s My Happy Ending? As Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka they are co-founders of MotherPukka, the website ‘for people who happen to be parents’. Their podcast, Dirty Mother Pukka, debuted at number three in the UK iTunes chart and regularly makes the top ten in the comedy category. They have both been journalists for more than ten years and have written for the Independent, Time Out, Evening Standard, Grazia, Stylist, Cosmopolitan and many more. Represented by Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Where is ‘happily ever after’? And what do you do once you get there?
Maybe you’ve just had a first date with ‘the one’, maybe you’ve been married for ten years. Either way, it’s hard to know if they’re really meant to be by your side until you both wear dentures. In Where’s My Happy Ending? Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson, authors of the Sunday Times bestseller Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life, set out to discover what it takes to make it to forever, by asking our greatest questions about love.
They ask a former sex-worker and her ex-gigolo husband, celibate monks and free-loving hippies. They ask people who never wanted kids and people who have loads of them. They ask porn-makers and feminist academics, neurologists, psychologists and romance novelists. They ask a whelk fisherman and a lollipop lady. They speak to couples, throuples and singles; gay, straight and anywhere in-between.
And in asking these questions, they are forced to confront their own relationship after a decade of marriage. Through tears, laughter, and one improperly discarded toenail clipping, Where’s My Happy Ending? gets answers for anyone who’s ever wondered ‘what’s next?’ Join Anna and Matt on a searingly honest, belly-laugh inducing journey through love and relationships, social media and small children, expert advice and everyday exasperation, as they navigate the muddy waters of modern romance.
Discover whether love and relationships could be simpler – or more complex – than we think in this study on what it really means to find and keep love today.
Hana Walker-Brown is a multi-award-winning audio documentary maker, podcast producer and journalist based in London. Selected as one of Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 list of people who have shown exceptional skill, tenacity and talent, Hana has been recognised and awarded Internationally for her work over the last decade.
Driven by a compelling personal narrative, Hana’s work often tells the story of the underdog, the fighters and amplifies the voices of the misrepresented or silenced. A fearless and passionate advocate of multi-medium storytelling, Hana has covered an exceptional range of stories including those of shipwreck survivors, women activists duped into relationships by undercover police spies and young gang members active in East London.
Hana is a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has given talks and masterclasses around the world about her work and creative processes on the themes of Establishing Intimacy, Cinematic Storytelling and The Power of Narrative in Protest and Prejudice. Hana has created work for Amazon, Audible, The BBC, Bad House Films, The Guardian, David Guttenfelder, National Geographic, The National Trust, Notion Magazine, Pottermore, Slackwire Films, Square Space, The Tate, Unilever and Warner Brothers.
Hana is currently working on her first book. Represented by Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Elyse Fox is a filmmaker, tastemaker and mental health activist splitting her time between New York City and London. Elyse is the founder of Sad Girls Club, the first non-profit, millennial-led, mental health organization. Today Sad Girls Club has members in 6 continents and over 40 countries. Elyse continues to spread awareness through curriculum consulting, journalism,
speaking engagements and more.
Fox has written for Elite Daily, Vogue, Bustle, Women’s Health, and Refinery29 on a range of topics including intersectionality within wellness to building community through tragedy. This year Fox has presented at Harvard University, Yale University and USC. Fox is also the Editor- In-Chief of ‘Take Care’ a mental health column with Vice and Broadly launching this winter.
In addition to her literary work, Fox uses her voice to consult with companies about spreading awareness and providing a voice for marginalised communities. Elyse has collaborated with Olay Beauty, Monki, Timberland, ASOS and Nike to name a few.
Sanah Ahsan is a Queer Pakistani Muslim Womxn, psychologist, poet and reporter. Sanah won the Outspoken Prize 2019 for her poem 'My Dua is Love', and was most recently published in Nikita Gill's anthology Slam! You're Gonna Wanna Hear This. Sanah has performed her poetry for the BBC, Shakespeare's Globe, at Southbank's WOW Festival 2020 and in her TedXLondon talk 'Rewriting my story with poetry and love as a Queer Muslim'. The Guardian recently described her poetry as "an exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul." Outside of her writing, she is currently conducting research on whiteness within clinical psychology, recently presented a Channel 4 Documentary 'Young, British and Depressed', whilst also developing community projects promoting further dialogue around QTIPOC, young people's mental health, and spaces for queer muslim womxn. Represented by Megan Staunton / Megan.Staunton@gleamfutures.com
In 2010, Olivia started her blog ‘What Olivia Did’ as a means of documenting her writing and photography and setting up an online portfolio for her work. To build her knowledge in fashion Olivia spent several years interning at magazines such as NME, Look, Company and Notebook, ticking off everything from organizing fashion cupboards to holding interviews with the fashion-world’s finest. She then began a freelance career, writing for The Debrief, Cosmopolitan and Glamour UK, whilst managing her blog on the side. In 2011 Olivia went on to win the Cosmopolitan Blog Award for best newcomer and in 2014 she went full time with ‘What Olivia Did’, introducing YouTube to her repertoire, with videos ranging from style, beauty and travel. Fast forward four years and she has worked with the U.K’s biggest fashion brands, such as Topshop, Stella McCartney, Kate Spade and Mulberry. Olivia signed with Storm Management in 2016 and went on to be nominated for Best YouTuber at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2017. Most recently she began a lifestyle and fashion podcast with close friend and editor, Charlotte Jacklin. The podcast is titled ‘The Fringe of It’ which charted at number one during its first week of release and continues to produce weekly episodes. In 2019, Olivia published her first book, The Insecure Girl's Handbook. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
The Insecure Girl’s Handbook
Welcome to the Insecure Girls’ Club!
At some point or another, we all feel insecure. Whether it’s about our body image, friendships, workplace politics or comparison more generally, it’s something we all have in common. But we don’t have to let it rule our lives.
A reassuring hug when you’re having a bad day, The Insecure Girl’s Handbook is for anyone who wants to manage their anxiety better, stop imposter syndrome in its tracks or halt those unwelcome waves of self-doubt.
Offering tips, coping mechanisms and small pearls of wisdom, Olivia Purvis is here to guide you through those feelings that hold you back and empower you to put yourself first and make a change.
Praise for The Insecure Girl’s Handbook:
“This book shows there’s insecurity in all of us and that it doesn’t diminish our power. That, in fact, accepting it is transformative.” – Gina Martin, author of Be the Change
Familiar for her refreshingly honest insight into white privilege, diversity and the LGBT+
community, Model and Activist Munroe Bergdorf has proven herself as an icon in an age of
increasing social awareness, using her sizeable profile to advocate for a fairer world and to
empower individuals to fight for positive change.
Bergdorf regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race,
diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and writes for publications including Grazia, i-D, Paper
Magazine, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and The Sunday Times
Style. After scooping up ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 Cosmopolitan Awards,
Munroe’s first film ‘What Makes A Woman’ premiered on Channel 4 in May 2018. In the hour-
long documentary, Munroe examines the changing world of gender and identity in today’s
society, as she becomes both author and subject.
Andrea Hannemann also known as Earthy Andy is a plant-based blogger and online content creator. After suffering from a myriad of health conditions including chronic stomach pains, digestive issues and IBS, Andy quickly became frustrated that the recommendations of different diets, supplements and medications only resulted in a short term fix. Andy realised that no-one would care as much about her health as she would, so she decided to dedicate her time and focus her energies on what she was putting into her body. It was then that Andy decided to trial a plant-based diet for 30 days to see if this made any difference.
After living a plant based diet for 30 days, Andy’s skin issues cleared up, she felt more energised, and her chronic pains became a thing of the past. Andy now lives and advocates for a plant-based lifestyle, and chronicles her and her families journey online.
Andy is currently working on her first book.
Sebastian de Souza
Sebastian de Souza is a writer, actor and producer. His professional acting career began at age 16 when he played the role of Matty Levan in Channel 4’s Bafta-Award Winning drama, Skins.
Sebastian has subsequently appeared in title roles in the Emmy-Winning The Borgias opposite Jeremy Irons, Ophelia opposite Naomi Watts and Kids In Love, opposite Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne which he also co-wrote.
Sebastian has written for the stage and screen. His most recent play ‘Hammersmith & City’ opened at the White City Studio Theatre in February 2019 and his show ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue’ – a musical revue, designed to be his generation’s answer to ‘The Tube’– will air on TV this year. Sebastian is currently working on his first book.
Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Lotte Jeffs is a journalist who’s been published in the Independent, the Guardian, the Saturday Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, High Life, ELLE and more. In 2016 Lotte won Writer of The Year at the Press and Publishing Association Awards and in 2017 was shortlisted for Columnist of the Year for her eponymous ELLE Magazine column Lotte’s Lexicon. Lotte has been a features writer and columnist for the past 15 years, with previous roles including Features Editor and Acting Deputy Editor of ES Magazine and Deputy Editor and Acting Editor in Chief of ELLE. Lotte is now Creative Director at global advertising agency Ogilvy and continues to write a column for the Evening Standard, in addition to writing for the national press and newspaper and magazine supplements. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
How to be a Gentlewoman: The Art of Soft Power in Hard Times
Learn to navigate the harshness of life with soft power. In her debut book, Lotte Jeffs weaves powerful life experience with practical advice and a psychological deep-dive into what truly constitutes an emotionally rich and meaningful existence. She speaks to everyone from agony aunts and archaeologists, to pop stars and novelists, to explore a diverse picture of what it is to truly live life well.
How to be a Gentlewoman will teach you how to slow down, lean out, recognize good relationships and let go of the bad, create a space you love, find your people and construct a happy and ‘joined up’ sense of yourself.
Praise for How to be a Gentlewoman:
“This is brilliant and timely” – Elizabeth Day
“Part memoir, part manual – this is the type of book every modern woman can take something from” – Grazia
Dr. Becky Smethurst
Dr. Becky Smethurst is an astrophysicist and science communicator at the University of Oxford. Her first book “Space: 10 Things You Should Know” is an accessible and inspiring read for all those wishing to get up to speed on the biggest ideas in the Universe. On her successful YouTube channel, ‘Dr Becky’, Becky posts weekly videos about space with a huge amount of enthusiasm combined with expertise. Her relaxed and accessible style of communicating complex topics keeps people engaged and entertained, so that the channel has amassed a subscription base of over 100k and growing.
Becky regularly appears on BBC 5 Live, BBC News and Channel 4 News to help communicate the biggest new scientific ideas and results to the public. Represented by: Laura McNeill / Laura.McNeill@gleamfutures.com
Penny was born and raised in Melbourne where she completed a degree in film and creative writing before moving to London. She spent six years working as a fashion photographers assistant between New York and London before becoming an interiors and lifestyle photographer, shooting for magazines such as Country Living, Living Etc, House Beautiful, The Guardian Weekend and many more. After years as a freelance photographer, Penny began writing about life as a creative freelancer, single parent and raising a disabled child. Penny lives in South London with her two children. Represented by Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring
A personal, positive and essential book for the many invisible carers among us.
We are all likely – at some point in our lives – to face the prospect of caring for another, whether it’s a parent, child or partner. It is estimated that there are 7 million people in the UK caring for loved ones. And yet these are the unpaid, unsung people whose number is rising all the time. In Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring, Penny Wincer combines her own experiences as a carer with the experiences of others to offer real and transformative tools and insights for navigating a situation that many of us are either facing or will face at some time.
Penny Wincer has twice been a carer: first to her mother, and now as a single parent to her autistic son. Tender shows how looking after oneself is a fundamental part of caring for another, and describes the qualities that we can look to cultivate in ourselves through what may otherwise feel to be an exhausting task. Weaving her lived experience with research into resilience, perfectionism and self-compassion, Penny combines the stories of other carers alongside those who receive support – offering an often surprising and hopeful perspective.
Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring is available to pre-order now ahead of publication in June 2020.
Praise for Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring:
“As someone who was cared for by a family member during five years of physical and mental illness, neither me nor my mother had any idea of what a complex experience CARING really is. Penny’s brilliant book is an invaluable tool for any invisible carers or anyone who wants to learn how to better support their loved ones. Penny is a true angel on this earth and we ALL have many, many things to learn from her beautiful, wise, charming, thoughtful words.” – Scarlett Curtis, Sunday Times bestselling author
Florence Given is an illustrator and social activist who, through her artwork, addresses social issues with unique and playful illustrations. Hailed by Rita Ora as a “Feminist and incredibly empowering artist”, Florence’s work confronts the ignorance of people’s oppressive attitudes towards women and their bodies and uses her platform to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexuality, consent, race and gender. In 2018, Florence launched a petition to cancel Netflix’s controversial, fat-shaming series, ‘Insatiable’ which gained over 236,000 signatures in a matter of days. An advocate for bodily autonomy and challenger of toxic societal beauty standards, Florence felt a responsibility to use her platform to insight change. The story became global news and Florence appeared on several News networks across the US and UK as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia. Florence promotes her messaging through her own line of t-shirts and prints which encourage women to boldly express their sexuality and identity. 2018 Love Islander, Megan Barton-Hansen, whose occupational history proudly includes stripping and glamour modelling, wore Florence’s tee which read ‘Stop Valuing Women Based on Their Sexual History’ to her Good Morning Britain appearance drawing yet more attention to Florence and her work. Florence has collaborated with Rita Ora, designing the merchandise for Rita’s Girls Tour in May 2018 and in Autumn of the same year, H&M owned Swedish fashion brand, Weekday, asked her to design a limited edition t-shirt. Sold in store and online, the entire collection sold out in under an hour. The sellout tee’s slogan read “WE DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY”. Inclusivity in the fashion industry is a big part of what Florence advocates for in her work, and as part of the campaign she hosted an in-store event on Regent Street and personally provided free tee’s for girls over a size 20. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty will tell you to… love sex, hate sexism, protect your goddamn energy, life is short, dump them, and that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
Florence’s debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women’s flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we’re either not enough or too much, it’s time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society. Florence’s book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms.
After all, you are the love of your own life.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is available to pre-order now ahead of publication on 11th June.
Praise for Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:
“Florence has a way of effortlessly reminding you of who you were before the world barged in.” – Chidera Eggerue, bestselling author of What a Time to be Alone
Katherine Ormerod has worked as a journalist for more than a decade, starting her career as a fashion assistant at Sunday Times Style, moving to Grazia to become Senior Fashion News & Features Editor then to Glamour where she was Fashion Features Editor at Large. Katherine has written for the Financial Times, the Telegraph, Harper’s Bazaar and the Mail on Sunday. As one of the first to recognise the changing landscape from traditional to digital media, Katherine set up her own consultancy in 2014 to accelerate fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands in editorialising their marketing messages across social platforms. A social media influencer in her own right, she has over 40,000 followers, has been featured in a broad selection of press and is a regular panellist with experience in TV and radio including Good Morning Britain, Sky News, LBC, ABC News Radio and Radio 5 Live. In January 2017, she launched workworkwork.co, an anti-perfectionism platform where high-profile social media stars and women with aspirational careers share stories from their ‘unedited’ lives. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the bona fide pressure cooker of social comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world. Because, let’s face it, social media is not only redefining what it means to be a human in the 21st century, but it is also changing what it means to be you.
In her first book, Katherine Ormerod argues that we’re all sitting on a dangerous, ticking time-bomb that will explode if we don’t begin to take action. She uncovers how our social media addictions have broken our political systems, re-wired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans. She also discloses the truth of the constructed realities behind the uploads and explains why we all have to stop coveting our neighbours posts.
In this book, she covers several key areas of modern womanhood: identity, body image, relationships, career and finances, motherhood and health and looks at exactly how social media has impacted, penetrated and fundamentally reshaped each.
Ultimately, Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life will provide you with the knowledge, tools and weaponry to combat the most consuming, addictive force humankind has ever created.
Praise for Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life:
“This book is a call to arms from the eye of the storm” – Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method
“Enter Ormerod’s vital manual, which will help you navigate social media and turn it not into a weapon, but a useful tool” – Pandora Sykes
“It will come as no surprise that social media and the inclination to compare our lives’ to others is having a malign effect on humans. But it might be slightly more alarming to discover that it’s not just bringing us down but rewiring our behavioural patterns. Read this book and then carve out some room for yourself and your brain.” – Emerald Street
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, with branches in 25 countries worldwide. She is the author of Everyday Sexism, the Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up, Misogynation and The Burning and is currently writing her next work of non-fiction, Men Who Hate Women, which is due to publish in September 2020. In 2018 she published Letters to the Future with Owen Sheers. Laura writes regularly for the Guardian and the New York Times amongst others and won a British Press Award in 2015. She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015 and has been named woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. Laura is a contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project tackling rape in conflict worldwide and she is patron of SARSAS, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support. She is the recipient of two honorary degrees and was awarded the Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee. Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice President of the Hay Festival. She has judged the Women’s Prize, the YA Book Prize and the RSL Giles St Aubyn awards for non-fiction. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport Laura Bates, a young journalist, started a project called Everyday Sexism to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Enough was enough. From being leered at and wolf-whistled on the street, to aggravation in the work place and serious sexual assault, it was clear that sexism had been normalised. Bates decided it was time for change.
This bold, jaunty and ultimately intelligent book is the first to give a collective online voice to the protest against sexism. This game changing book is a juggernaut of stories, often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant – it is a must read for every inquisitive, no-nonsense modern woman.
Liv Little is a curator, audio producer, filmmaker and the editor-in-chief of gal-dem, a fledgling media empire ran exclusively by women and non-binary people of colour. Born and raised in South East London, Little has written for The Guardian, Wonderland Magazine and gal-dem on a range of topics – from women seeking asylum in the UK, to interviews with women breaking down barriers in politics and the arts. She’s also produced an audio documentary for the Migration Museum on their A Mile In My Shoes project and has spent a year and a half working in television, most recently producing a short film on colourism for BBC Three, in addition to developing her first scripted comedy pilot.
As founding Editor-in-Chief of gal-dem, an online and print magazine that also hosts and curates talks, events and workshops, both Little and gal-dem aim to empower and support the creative work of young women of colour through breaking down tired stereotypes, promoting their work and changing the narrative of discussions in a whitewashed media environment.
Liv is currently working on her first book.
Eric Czuleger is a geopolitical analyst and journalist that writes about everything from travel and technology to science fiction and statecraft. Eric is the senior content editor for IOHK – a blockchain research and development company which is building a global financial and social operating system. Eric is in development with VICE news for an upcoming digital series and is currently working on his first book. Represented by: Laura McNeill / Laura.McNeill@gleamfutures.com
Max Dickins is a published playwright, an author, an actor, a presenter and a comedian.
He has had his own Sony Award-nominated show on Absolute Radio and appeared numerous times on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. Several of his critically acclaimed shows have been taken to the Edinburgh Festival and on national tours, one of which he turned into his debut comedy adventure book, My Groupon Adventure.
He is also the co-director of Hoopla, the UK’s first improvisation training school and London’s first improv comedy theatre. Offstage, as a coach and business speaker, he has brought improvisation into workplaces across the world, and will be publishing a book on using the secrets of improv at work in late 2020.
His third book will look at men’s mental health and will be published by Canongate in 2020/21, with plans for an accompanying podcast. Represented by: Laura McNeill / Laura.McNeill@gleamfutures.com
Chidera Eggerue also known as The Slumflower is a bestselling author and social influencer. Named by ELLE magazine as a ‘millennial mastermind’ in their ‘Stars On The Rise: 20 Power Players To Watch Out For In 2018’ list and named by Buzzfeed as one of the ‘Top 30 Black Girls to follow on Instagram’, Chidera also won Cosmopolitan’s ‘Highly Commended Disruptor/Changemaker of the Year 2018 Award’ and was placed on the #DAZED100 list. Known for redefining the body positivity movement through her popularised #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER social campaign, Chidera has appeared on television including ITV’s This Morning where she continued to drive a new conversation regarding the way we view women’s bodies. Her journey towards encouraging self-care also included her hosting a BBC Newsbeat documentary in March 2018 about hair loss in young people, which raised awareness of traction alopecia (from which she suffers). In June 2018 she gave a TEDxMauer Park talk, exploring the fear of being alone. Chidera recently fronted a national campaign for Adidas appearing across billboards and digital advertising and also spoke alongside actress Kate Winslet as part of the National Literacy Trusts global campaign to educate disadvantaged women around the globe. Chidera is the author of three books; What A Time to be Alone, Scribble Yourself Feminist, and How to Get Over a Boy. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
How To Get Over a Boy
Are you fed up with thinking about that guy every minute of every waking hour, when he doesn’t even reply to your texts?
Are you reeling from the pain of a break-up, unsure of where to turn?
Are you single and looking to be happy with your choices in the face of society’s constant questioning?
In How to Get Over a Boy, bestselling author Chidera Eggerue will show you, once and for all, how to reframe the stale goal of finding a man. She will equip you with tangible and applicable solutions for every part of your dating life, helping you recognise that men hold as much power in our romantic lives as we grant them.
In the past, dating books tend to lean more into the territory of ‘how to make him find you hot!’, ‘how to make him jealous!’, ‘how to get him to propose!’. But these how-tos are placing men on a pedestal of being ‘the prize’. Men are NEVER the prize. You are. Let The Slumflower show you why.
Lucy Sheridan is the world’s first and only comparison coach who, through her private practice and workshops, has helped thousands of people go from compare and despair to #comparisonfree. Accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies and named as one of the New Wellbeing Specialists 2018 by The Sunday Times Style, she has been praised as one of the UK’s most successful coaches by The Times. She is an MTV approved coach and her work has been featured in global outlets such as Psychology Today, Forbes and Google Labs. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and more ‘you’
Having helped thousands rid their comparison complexes Lucy Sheridan has condensed all of her liberating knowledge into The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and more ‘you’. With a three-step tried and tested methodology to help you improve your self-worth and self-confidence (#1 recognise the symptoms; #2 start practising the remedies; and #3 keep your good new habits going), you will soon be able to let go of procrastination and start living a comparison-free life.
Packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this positive and empowering book is the timely and necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we’re living in.
Praise for The Comparison Cure:
‘We know it’s silly and harmful to compare ourselves to others, but that doesn’t mean we know how to stop doing it. Luckily, with her brilliant book The Comparison Cure, Lucy Sheridan gives us a road map to reclaiming ourselves.’ – Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k
Campaigner, speaker and writer Gina Martin is best known for founding and running the national campaign to make upskirting illegal and changing English and Welsh law by created the Voyeurism Act. Three other countries have since followed suit. Gina’s debut book, Be The Change is a practical guide for activists starting out and she has written for platforms such as Stylist, Grazia, The Telegraph, World Economic Forum, Refinery29 and many others. Gina was recently named one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential people in London, TIME Magazine’s #100Next Influential people, Stylist Remarkable Women of the Year and Cosmopolitan’s Disrupter of The Year at the Influencer Awards. Gina’s Gamechangers: a six-part 1-hour slot which first appeared on Nihal Arthenyake’s 1pm-4pm show on BBC 5 Live is currently being developed into a podcast by BBC Sounds. Gina interviews extraordinary ordinary people (like her) about the incredible work they are doing. Gina’s podcast, Might Delete Later, is hosted alongside her sister, comedian Stevie Martin and will launch in Spring 2020. Gina is an ambassador for UN Women UK and advocates for regular people creating change in their communities. Represented by: Abigail Bergstrom / Abigail.Bergstrom@gleamfutures.com
Be The Change: A Toolkit For The Activist In You
In June 2017, a man took a photo up Gina Martin’s skirt at a music festival. The police told her that this was not a sexual offence; the man would not be charged.
The law had let Gina down, and her first reaction was resignation. It’s too big, too scary, too complicated for someone like me to challenge this.
But something inside her had snapped. Gina was tired of accepting sexual harassment as a fact of life.
Eighteen months later, she had changed the law and made upskirting a criminal offence.
Now, Gina wants to empower you with the tools and courage to challenge injustice and fight for change, whether it’s in your school, workplace or community, or even on a global scale.
In Be The Change you will learn:
- What activism really is and why it’s so important
- How to use the internet to fight for what you believe in
- How to pick the cause you truly care about
- And how to do the hardest thing in activism: get started
Be the Change also includes plenty of practical advice like how to write a press release, set up an e-petition, find pro-bono legal support and secure media coverage for your campaign.
Praise for Gina Martin:
‘Gina Martin’s powerful campaigning and vital activism changed the law, making our country safer for women and girls. This book tells us how she did it – and how you can too’ – Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
‘Gina is a total inspiration – an example of how one person CAN change things. Her passion, way with words and ability to make people wake up and care is incredible. Gina’s energy is infectious, and she continues to prove that anything is possible’ – Emma Gannon, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Multi-Hyphen Method
‘Gina Martin is a force of nature; a living, breathing, campaigning example of how a single individual can bring about vital change in our justice system. Through sheer force of will, she managed to correct a serious flaw in the criminal law which saw victims of serious offences failed by the system that is supposed to protect them, smashing through the barriers that had frustrated lesser campaigners. My admiration for her courage and brilliance knows no bounds’ – The Secret Barrister, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken