Lighting the Fuse by Lucy Lewis has sold to Trapeze


We are delighted to share the news that Lauren Gardner has sold world all-language rights for Lucy Lewis’s debut non-fiction title, Lighting the Fuse, to Ru Merritt, senior editor at Trapeze Books.

Imagine standing over a bomb - you need to make a choice. Remember, your life depends on it.

In this extraordinary memoir, Lucy Lewis reveals the hidden world of bomb disposal training and how she came to be the UK’s first female bomb disposal expert. From joining Sandhurst to rushing to her first bomb disposal call-out, Lucy’s story is full of high stakes and tense situations that for most of us, are beyond comprehension.

Lucy’s story however is also a deeply inspirational one - joining the military in the 1980s just as women were taking on more dangerous roles, Lucy’s every move was watched and scrutinised. This didn’t hold her back however, and this is how she broke through the ceiling, fought against sexism and achieved something no woman had ever done before.

Lighting the Fuse is an eye-opening memoir, that reveals the hidden world of being a woman in the military and how a young woman with an ordinary background, made history - not just once, but twice.

Ru Merritt, senior editor, said:

“Lucy’s story is one-of-a-kind. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the manuscript, I can’t help but hold my breath as Lucy describes how she defused bombs – including one found in an allotment on a council estate! This book is eye-opening, gripping and, at times, extremely funny. It’s everything I would want as a reader from a memoir.”

Lucy Lewis, author, said:

“I didn’t plan to become a bomb disposal officer or even to join the Army. I thought that ‘other’ people did that sort of thing but, whenever I’m given an opportunity, I seize it with both hands and try to make the most of whatever life throws at me. I hope these stories of my adventures will inspire other women, in whatever their walk of life, to face their challenges and overcome whatever barriers they meet along the way – there will be many but they can be surmounted.”

Lighting the Fuse will publish in July 2021.