Hachette signs Max Pemberton's first children's book

Rights - Children Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Bestselling doctor's book takes young readers on a voyage through the human body

Hachette Children’s Group is to publish The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human in August on its Wren & Rook imprint.

The deal for world rights was brokered between publishing director for the Wren & Rook imprint, Debbie Foy with Heather Holden-Brown of HHB Agency and Mark Wilson of Eye Candy Illustration.

According to the acquisition statement: 'In this human body book with a difference readers will shrink down and travel through their amazing anatomy, while learning how to keep their bodies happy and healthy. Being Human is vividly illustrated by British illustrator Chris Madden and packed with startling facts and expert body boosting tips.'

Foy said: ‘Dr Max’s debut children’s book Being Human takes young readers on an immersive, eye-popping, gut-churning journey through the human body. Brilliantly brought to life by graphic designer Chris Madden, children will learn important tips and facts about exercise, eating well and looking after your mental health.’

Pemberton said: "We all have a body, yet lots of us - including adults - don’t really understand how it works or appreciate quite how extraordinary it is. I wanted to take the reader on an adventure around the body to show them what an incredible and amazing thing it really is and along the way, give some advice and tips to encourage people to look after theirs. I absolutely loved writing this book and I’m so grateful to everyone at Wren and Rook for making the process such fun.’

Over the course of his medical career Pemberton has worked across a broad range of medicine, including paediatrics, mental health, surgery and geriatrics. He writes for the Daily Mail, Reader's Digest, and the Spectator. Before moving to the Mail three years ago, he was a columnist at the Daily Telegraph for 12 years. He has presented Radio 4's Inside Health and is a regular commentator on TV and radio on health and social issues and has written four bestselling books for adults.

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