We are thrilled to announce that Lauren Gardner has sold world rights for Honest: Everything They Don’t Tell You About Sex, Relationships and Bodies by Milly Evans to commissioning editor Georgia Murray at Bonnier Books UK imprint Hot Key Books! Honest is a ‘call to action to start taking sex education seriously and treat it as the human rights issue that it is’ and is out in paperback on 9 June 2022.
Honest is a ‘much-needed frank and inclusive guide for young people written in a peer-to-peer tone’, with curated content from sex-positive activists and inspirational figures, and black and white illustrations by Lucia Picerno.
“I’m so thrilled that we are publishing Milly’s brilliant book on the Hot Key list. Milly is such a fresh and exciting new voice for young people, someone who is deeply passionate and knowledgeable about sex education, and who communicates ideas and content with warmth, positivity and a refreshing honesty. Milly is the perfect young advocate for these crucial issues for young people today.”
Milly Evans said:
“I’ve never been one to shy away from difficult conversations. This book is an extension of all the tricky conversations about consent, break-ups and contraception I had at school and at home. It’s also a call to action to start taking sex education seriously and treat it as the human rights issue that it is. I want to live in a world where everyone feels able to make choices about their bodies, relationships and sex lives. I hope Honest will be a part of that for other young people.”
Picerno, an award-winning designer and illustrator from Uruguay, lives in London and ‘aims to spread thought-provoking messages that inspire women to be seen and heard’. She said:
“I’m very excited to be working on this project. Milly’s book is something that I wish had existed when I was younger. Her sex-positive views and knowledge will be an amazing guide for young people.”