Harper signs Why Mummy Doesn't Give A ****

Rights - Fiction Friday, 07 December 2018

Follow-up to Why Mummy Drinks and Why Mummy Swears set for publication next June

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world all-language rights to Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****
the third novel by number one Sunday Times bestselling author Gill Sims (pictured).

Rights were bought from Paul Baker at Headway Talent by HarperNonFiction editorial director Katya
Shipster. Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A **** will be published on 27 June 2019.

According to the acquisition statement: 'Gill Sims is back with a third fantastic novel. Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A **** sees a big change in Ellen’s life, a new canine brother for Judgy Dog, Mummy clashing with an unruly Jane as she enters the dreaded teenage years, and plenty more hilarious laugh out loud moments and cringingly relatable incidents. Gill’s eagerly awaited third novel in the Why Mummy series is sure to resonate with existing and new readers alike.'

Why Mummy Drinks
spent over six months in the Sunday Times bestsellers Top Ten and was the
number one bestselling debut hardback novel of 2017. Sims’ second book, Why Mummy Swears,
published earlier this year, was a Number One Sunday Times bestseller for seven consecutive weeks and has spent a total of 19 weeks in the Top Ten, recently jumping back in at Number Ten ahead of Christmas. Since publication of her first book just over a year ago Gill has sold over half a million copies of her books across all formats.

To coincide with publication of Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A **** Sims will be embarking on a 30+ date nationwide theatre tour beginning in June, in which she will discuss 'the highs, lows and everything in-betweens of motherhood, the Why Mummy series and of course the all-important Judgy Dog.'

Sims said: "I am beyond thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with all the amazing
people at HarperCollins again, and returning to Ellen's world is always exciting! Life, as ever, is not
going quite as she planned.

"Suddenly her precious moppets have grown up, and are giant stroppy teenagers, and instead of wittering at her about who would win in a fight – a dragon badger or a ninja horse, they are Snapchatting the night away, and communicating mainly in grunts - except when they are demanding Ellen provides taxi services in the small hours, and there is never, but never, any milk
in the house.

"There is chaos and upheaval ahead for Ellen and her friends, but her loyal pal Judgy Dog is as stalwart and stoic as ever - even when Ellen decides to get him a new friend in the form of Barry
the Giant Wolf Dog!"

Shipster said: "Gill (and her wonderful creation Ellen) has had an extraordinary year. The ongoing
commercial success that her books have enjoyed all this year shows how much we all need a belly
laugh, perhaps right now more than ever. Gill is one of the most talented comedy writers of recent
years, and her readers are responding in their droves, and I know that they will love following what’s
next for the Russell family."

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