Anima signs gardening guide for the zombie apocalypse

Rights - NonFiction Friday, 05 October 2018

Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse will be published in October 2019, backed by a major PR campaign


Anima (Head of Zeus) has acquired a humorous illustrated gardening book by Isabel Lloyd and Phil Clarke aimed at millennials. Commissioning editor Ellen Parnavelas signed UK and Commonwealth Volume Rights in the book from Diana Beaumont at Marjacq.

According to the acquisition statement: 'When the zombies start stumbling over the hill — and we all know they're on their way — what's the first weapon you should grab? A garden fork. Preferably forged from a single piece of steel. Not because, given a good enough shove, its tines would pierce a zombie's skull as easily as an overripe melon, but because come the end of the world, gardening will be what saves your skin.'

Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse is a 'funny and practical guide to growing the food you need to survive an apocalypse, whatever size space you're surviving in, with cool, graphic novel-style illustrations. And while you're still waiting for the zombies to arrive, this book will help prepare you for the end of the world by teaching you vital gardening techniques, as well as what to grow to meet all your nutritional needs.' The book will be published in October 2019 and will be backed by a major PR campaign.

Isabel Lloyd and Phil Clarke said: "As a pair of baby-boomers, we know we've ruined the world for everyone else. Now we want to give back. With this book, we'll teach readers how to grow their own food, even if the only garden they have is a terrarium and one overpriced cactus. This might not make up for the end of state-funded tertiary education, a viable health service and a functioning house market. But knowing how to keep the kale coming, even in an apocalypse? That's got to be a start."

Parnavelas said: "I am not only delighted to be publishing this inspired, incredibly useful and timely book, but am also very proud to announce that this will be a key title for the Anima list at head of Zeus in 2019."

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