Hachette Children's buys Kate Weston's feminist YA debut

Lucy Nathan
Rights - Children Monday, 14 October 2019

'A comedy genius for a new generation of teen readers'

Sarah Lambert, publishing director at Hachette Children's, has bought YA novel Diary of a Confused Feminist by Kate Weston, in a two-book deal from Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Agency. The novel will be a "major YA launch" for Hachette in February 2020.

Weston is a former stand-up comedian who now works in publishing, and her book is billed as a bold, outrageous and "VERY embarrassing" diary that tackles "the path to true feminism". Kat Evans wants to be a writer, get together with Hot Josh, win at her coursework, and "do good feminism", but isn't always sure what that means. Weston said: "I wanted to honestly capture the anxiety, contradictions and confusion of being a young woman today and I hope that in Kat I've created a character that all young people can identify with. A lot of things in the book were taboo when I was Kat's age. Especially periods. Something which I firmly believe we should talk about freely at ALL TIMES. I can't wait for everyone to meet Kat. Except my parents, because she's quite rude."

Lambert said: "Kate Weston is a comedy genius for a new generation of teen readers who are confronting feminism, sex and relationships head-on. Diary of a Confused Feminist is bold, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny. We are over our mooncups to be publishing it!"

Sutherland-Hawes said: "Both Kate and Kat are absolute stars and I'm so thrilled they've found a home with Hachette Children's Group. Kate's writing is hilarious and so honest - I can't wait for everyone to cackle the way I do whenever I read this book!"

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