Jake Lingwood's new imprint at Octopus named

News - Books Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Monoray announces titles by John Carney, Jess Phillips

The new imprint run by Jake Lingwood at Octopus is to be called Monoray. The first title from Monoray is due in July, and the imprint has announced a second acquisition for publication in October.

Lingwood joined Octopus (Hachette) in February, having previously been publisher and deputy MD at Ebury. He said: ""Monoray is about focus, focus, focus. Every single book promises to be distinct, relevant and pack a punch. Our authors have lived every moment of the stories they want to tell, and the first two share a similar fearless confidence that makes them perfect for launching the Monoray list."

Monoray will enter the market in July with Operation Jihadi Bride: The Deadly Mission to Save Young Women from ISIS, by ex-British Army soldier John Carney, who has been running behind-enemy-lines missions on behalf of families whose daughters ran away to join ISIS and found it impossible to escape. Carney is reported to have released "hundreds" of women and children from the Islamist terror group, delivering them to the authorities for trial and deradicalisation. "Every person we can bring back is living proof that Islamic State is a failure," he says. Carney's co-author is Clifford Thurlow. Monoray has world English rights from Andrew Lownie.

In October, Monoray will publish Labour MP Jess Phillips' manifesto for change, Truth To Power: 7 Ways To Call Time On B.S., designed to offer practical help to people who want to find the courage to speak out at a time when it feels that the world is not listening. Phillips said: "I'm really excited to be part of Jake's new list. People often tell me they wish that they could say what they think or fight back like I do. This book will show them how and why to do it. Standing up to bullshit can come at a price, it is not always easy, but it is always worth it." Monoray has world rights from Laura Macdougall at United Agents.

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