Picador to publish Help Me by Marianne Power in Autumn 2018

03 October 2017


Picador has pre-empted Help Me, an addictive,  funny and incredibly moving non-fiction debut by journalist Marianne Power, with Kris Doyle securing UK & Commonwealth rights from Rachel Mills at Furniss Lawton.

Rights to Help Me have since been quickly sold in a further eight territories, in a series of major deals and pre-empts, and Rich Green at ICM has multiple offers for screen rights.

Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life? She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter. What begins as a wild experiment soon becomes an achingly poignant journey that will resonate with anyone who’s ever dreamed of finding happiness.

Kris Doyle said: ‘I adored Help Me from chapter one. Marianne’s story is Bridget Jones-level entertaining, but it also asks whether our modern obsession with self-improvement can ever give us what we’re really looking for. I cheered Marianne on in success and winced as she stumbled to some agonising lows, and I was desperate for everything to work out for her at the end. I was completely captivated by her voice; she’s a terrifically talented writer. The entire office felt the same: everyone loved and related to this book, whether they were self-help fans or not.’

Rachel Mills said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled that Marianne has found the perfect publishing home at Picador. She is a rare talent with a unique voice; hilarious, warm, poignant and searingly honest, I know that readers all over the globe are going to love Help Me as much as we have.’

Marianne Power is a freelance journalist. She has written for many newspapers and magazines across the UK and Ireland, including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Daily Telegraph, Irish Independent, Red, Good Housekeeping, Grazia and Stylist. She said: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to have my first book published by Picador – it’s the stuff of dreams and The Secret-style vision boards. I think that a lot of us are a bit lost and trying to figure out a way through. At the start of the challenge my life was mostly debt, hangovers and Netflix-marathons. I hoped that by the end I’d be a green-juice-swilling, 5am-rising gazillionaire, bouncing round town to meet the cashmere-jumper-wearing man of my dreams. But am I? You’ll have to read the book to find out . . .’ 

Picador will publish Help Me in hardback, ebook and audio in September 2018.