Elliott & Thompson bags motherhood essays from 20 writers

October 1, 2019

We at Elliott & Thompson are delighted to have bagged a Katherine May-curated collection of essays on motherhood from authors including Josie George, Leah Hazard, Hollie McNish and Saima Mir.

Elliott & Thompson Director Olivia Bays acquired world rights from Hayley Steed at Madeline Millburn Associates. The book, with the working title The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Writers Talk Honestly About Motherhood, will be published in March 2020 to coincide with Mothers’ Day.

There are a million different ways to be a mother, yet the vision we see in books, on screen and online overwhelmingly fails to represent this commonplace yet extraordinary experience for most of us. It’s time to broaden the conversation.

The Best, Most Awful Job will overturn assumptions and shatter stereotypes. It will cover deeply personal stories, such as being unable to conceive, adoption, step-parenting, losing a child, single parenthood, and the many ways in which our lives, backgrounds and lived identities affect motherhood.

Bays said: “We are all so excited to be publishing this timely and much-needed book, which will challenge perceptions of what it means to be a mother. Bold, challenging and opinionated, it’s packed with amazing writers who are sharing their stories to show the complexity of motherhood and make space for readers to share their own.”