Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director of Chatto & Windus, has acquired world rights, all languages, in Brainstorm by Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan from Kirsty McLachlan at DGA, for publication in 2018. In her new book Suzanne O’Sullivan, one of the UK’s leading neurologists and epilepsy specialists, will take us on a tour of the brain. Using the lens of epilepsy – unwanted electrical discharges, or brainstorms, that occur in different parts of the brain with dramatically varied results – she will show us right inside this endlessly fascinating, mysterious organ.
Suzanne’s first book, It’s All in Your Head, was published in hardback last year to critical acclaim, blanket media coverage and strong home and overseas sales, with rights sold in seven overseas markets. The book, a sympathetic exploration of the very real world of psychosomatic illness, has also just been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
Becky Hardie said ‘It’s been an amazing experience working with Suzanne on It’s All in Your Head and the news of the Wellcome Book Prize shortlisting is the icing on the cake. This new book will be the perfect combination of medical expertise with wonderful writing, especially Suzanne’s exceptional ability to bring her patients’ stories alive on the page.’
Suzanne said ‘It was an honour to have the opportunity to work with Chatto on my first book and I am thrilled to be given the chance to do so again. The stories my patients have to tell are delicate and personal and I know that they are in safe hands, as am I.’