Viking signs 'Emily Doe' memoir

Rights - NonFiction Thursday, 06 June 2019

Book by Californian woman who wrote the influential victim’s statement in the Brock Turner case will cover her assault, the subsequent trial and her recovery

Viking describes the memoir as 'a singular journey that will change the way we talk about sexual assault forever. "Emily Doe" will reclaim the story of her sexual assault, expose the arduous nature of the legal system, and emerge as a bold, unifying voice.'

The book will be published by Viking in September 2019 after UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired by Venetia Butterfield, publisher of Viking UK, from Felicity Rubinstein of Lutyens & Rubinstein.

North American print, ebook, and audio rights were acquired by Viking editor-in-chief Andrea Schulz from Philippa Brophy, president of Sterling Lord Literistic in New York.

Butterfield said: "It is a privilege to be publishing Emily Doe’s extraordinary, inspiring memoir. It is a work of immense power that will define a movement and change lives."

Schulz said: "Emily Doe’s experience illuminates a culture built to protect perpetrators and a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable. The book will introduce readers to the writer whose words have already changed their world and move them with its accounting of her courage and resilience."

The background to the book is that in June 2016, Doe read aloud her victim impact statement to Brock Turner, who was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. After Turner was sentenced to only six months in county jail, Doe’s twelve-page statement was released publicly, and resonated with many.

It was read on the floor of the United States Congress, translated into more than five languages, and prompted significant change: the judge who presided over the trial was removed from the bench and Californian sexual assault laws were amended to protect victims in the future.

'Now, Emily Doe will share her experience in emotional, honest and eloquent detail. Her story continues to be a testament to the power of words to heal and effect change,' says Viking's acquisition statement.

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