We are as excited to announce that Katie Fulford has sold two novels by debut author Katy Cox to Sarah Hodgson, publishing director of Corvus at Atlantic Books. Hodgson signed UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights, and the first title, M Is for Mummy, will be out in hardback and ebook in spring 2022, with the sequel in spring 2023, as reported by BookBrunch and The Bookseller.
The book is ‘a humorous tale of the trials and tribulations of life as a working mum’, following freelance musician Lucy Wright as she juggles returning to work after maternity leave with looking after her two children and coming to terms with her son’s autism.
Cox is a professional cellist who based the book on her own experiences - she has two children with autism. She said: “I am beyond delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Sarah and her wonderful team at Corvus. M Is for Mummy was originally a comic novel about Lucy, a woman on a mission to claw back her showbiz career (and her pelvic floor muscles) after becoming a mum. I later decided that I wanted to incorporate my own experience as a parent of autistic children (and wife to an autistic man) into the novel. I hope that readers will love Stanley, the autistic child in the story. Stanley is funny, intelligent, deeply empathetic and totally adorable, just like my son to whom this novel is my tribute.”
Fulford said: “I am so happy to have found the perfect home for Katy’s hilarious and heartfelt debut. I know Sarah and the stellar team at Corvus will do a wonderful job of bringing her work to the widest possible audience.”
Hodgson said: “As the parent of an autistic child myself, I could relate to almost every word of this warm and witty novel. Katy skilfully conveys the joys and complexities of life when your family is not quite the same as others with the lightest of touches. I can’t wait to introduce readers to Lucy and Stan - it’s impossible not to fall in love with them.”