Hannah Knowles, Canongate Senior Commissioning Editor, has acquired at auction the world rights from Nelle Andrew at PFD for Rise, a memoir by Gina Miller. Hardback publication is scheduled for August 2018.
Gina Miller came to national prominence when she successfully took the UK government all the way to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50 - the formal notification to leave the European Union - without parliamentary approval. For standing up for what she believed was right, Miller became the target of not just racist and sexist verbal abuse, but physical threats to her and her family.
One question she kept being asked was how could she keep going at the cost of so much pain and aggravation? To her the answer was obvious: she’d been doing it all her life.
In Rise, Gina Miller draws on a remarkable lifetime of fighting against injustice, sexism, racism and bullying. The resulting book will be a rallying cry, offering guidance and confidence to women in particular for making their voices heard, claiming their own stories, and finding strength in adversity.
From a career in which she has pushed for transparency and ethical conduct in the financial industry, to overcoming considerable challenges in her personal life, Gina Miller has always lived courageously and proudly. Rise will inspire others to do the same: to dare to speak up, to make a difference, to rise.
Gina Miller will be writing the book with Elizabeth Day, the Betty Trask Prize-winning novelist and eminent journalist who has worked for the Observer, Guardian and Telegraph.
Gina Miller says, ‘I have become the person I am today, as a result of both the successes and the scars in my life. A life in which I have rarely backed down and whose lessons I hope to share within this book. I very much hope through my stories, readers are able to be happier with who they are and how they live their lives.’
Hannah Knowles says, ‘“Admirable” doesn’t quite cut it when describing Miller’s bravery, honesty, passion and fearless advocacy. What is even more remarkable is that she does not see herself as special in this regard. We are extremely honoured to be publishing such an important voice, and to be bringing Gina’s hard-earned wisdom to a large readership.’
Nelle Andrew says, ‘It is a privilege to be the agent of this incredible project with Canongate and Gina. Since I met Gina I have been consistently in awe of her compassion, bravery and quest for justice at all costs. Hers is the kind of voice we need more of in the world and through Rise, she will now have the chance to inspire not only her peers but generations to come.’