Coronet questions the price of love

News - Books Thursday, 23 May 2019

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale - Finding the Formula for the Cost of Love by Canadian actress and performer Haley McGee is a 'brilliant and unique take on romantic love'

Hannah Black at Coronet has bought UK Commonwealth rights for artist Haley McGee’s The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates. Coronet will publish in 2021.

According to the acquisition statement: 'This first-hand account is a rallying cry for anyone who’s come out of a breakup wondering, Was the love worth all this pain? Was the investment of time/money/hours spent with them/their dull family worth the bliss? And, should I do it again?

'Such is the author’s determination to figure out what our failed romantic relationships are really worth, she enlists the help of a mathematician and devises a formula complete with 52 variables – from market value to how much you laughed versus how you argued – that turns sentimental value into cold hard cash.'

McGee (pictured) said: "I’m so excited to bring my first book into the world. I’m thrilled to be included among Coronet’s roster of excellent authors and to be working with Hannah, a sensitive and smart editor, who understood my story and clicked with my offbeat sense of humour immediately."

Black said: "We’re delighted to be publishing Haley’s brilliant and unique take on romantic love. Clever, engaging and very funny, her journey asks us to question the value not just of our relationships, but of ourselves."

According to Coronet: 'Originally from Canada, Haley McGee is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed performer, writer and actress. Haley’s self-penned solo shows have taken her to 36 venues in 11 countries, been translated into 4 languages, enjoyed sold out performances, 4&5-star reviews and won awards, including best production at United Solo NYC.

'Now living in the UK, Haley has worked with National Theatre Studios, BBC 1, Radio 4, The Yard Theatre and Route 24 Productions among others. She has developed work with the Stratford Festival of Canada, Banff Centre, National Theatre School of Canada, Battersea Arts Centre and Camden People’s Theatre. Her most recent solo, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, played to sold out audiences in London and Toronto and was lauded as "one of the best shows of the year" (NOW Magazine).'

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