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‘Body inclusive wellbeing guide’ among nonfiction acquisitions

Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to a body inclusive wellbeing guide by Shreen El Masry, a non-diet, body inclusive personal trainer and the owner of the Sydney-based Be You Be Free fitness and wellbeing community. According to the publisher Be You Be Free (2022) will present a 12-week guide ‘that will show readers how to find food freedom, body peace and joyful exercise as well as help them create their own version of wellbeing on their terms’.

Simon & Schuster Australia has also acquired world rights to a memoir by writer and podcaster Cathrine Mahoney. Currently Between Husbands (2022) is a humorous true story about surviving divorce, dating again, changing careers and turning 40. Mahoney says she wanted to write a book that ‘brings hope, honesty, and humour to anyone going through something similar’. ‘Think Bridget Jones meets Eat, Pray, Love—but with less yoga, way more vodka and much bigger undies.’

Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s memoir, in a joint venture with James Erskine at Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Australian–British academic Moore-Gilbert was imprisoned for 804 days in Iran on charges of espionage, which the Australian government described as baseless and politically motivated. Her memoir will detail her harrowing ordeal and extraordinary fight for survival after being arrested in September 2018 by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, convicted of spying on no evidence and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ultimo Press will publish Moore-Gilbert’s memoir in Australia and the UK in 2022.

Pictured: Shreen El Masry

 

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