Jonathan Cape has acquired Organs: Alternative Lessons in Anatomy by prize-winning writer, TV presenter and surgeon Gabriel Weston.
Publishing director Michal Shavit, and deputy publishing director, Bea Hemming, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from Claire Conrad at Janklow & Nesbit in 'a major deal', according to the publisher.
'Organs is a highly original, passionate and richly informative exploration of the human body. Blending science and memoir, drawing on Gabriel Weston’s 17-year career as a surgeon, each chapter will take a different organ and use it as a prism through which to examine both the science of a particular body part as well as something more subjective that it represents.
'From the womb to the penis, from our skin to our bones, this is the human body as you have never seen it before: exhilarating, terrifying, magical, and, above all, personal,' adds the acquisition statement.
Shavit said: "Gabriel Weston’s book is a game-changer in our understanding of the human body and humankind. It at once shocks, inspires and awes and it will make anyone who reads it see themselves and their loved ones in new and unexpected ways."
Weston said: "For years now I have been longing to write a book about the human body which combines my rational surgical perspective with something altogether more personal. I am absolutely thrilled that Cape are going to be publishing this book." The title is set for publication in 2020.
The author is a part-time skin cancer surgeon, and has written Direct Red: A Surgeon’s Story (Cape, 2009), which won the PEN Ackerley Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and a novel, Dirty Work (Cape, 2013), which won the McKitterick Prize. She has also presented the six-part series Incredible Medicine: Doctor Weston’s Casebook (BBC2), and is about to start filming her seventh series of Trust Me I’m a Doctor (BBC2).
Pictured: Gabriel Weston (credit Barney Jones)