Honest by sex educator Milly Evans has sold to Hot Key Books!


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.

Murray said:

“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.”