Anna Martin, senior commissioning editor, and Leah James, publishing director at Hachette Children’s Group, acquired world English rights from Emily Glenister.
These are Edge’s first children’s titles; her book Vital Organs: A History of the World’s Most Famous Body Parts will be published by Wildfire this autumn. Wildfire also published her first book, Mortal Monarchs: 1,000 Years of Royal Deaths, in September 2022.
The publisher says: “In the new series, History Stinks!, readers will learn all about history through poo and wee – from Tudor monarchs and humble Roman plumbers, to stinky Saxons and Aztecs – told in Suzie’s hilarious middle-grade voice. In A Hole in the Head, Suzie will take readers through medical firsts in all their technicolour gory and gruesome detail, from neolithic skull-drilling to Victorian body snatchers.”
Edge is medical historian whose TikTok channel (@suzieedge) has amassed more than 323,600 followers and 6.3 million "likes" since August 2020.
She said: “I am delighted to be working with Hachette Children’s alongside Luke and Sam, whose illustrations will bring the work to life. Having written two adult non-fiction books, it’s incredibly exciting to be able to create something that I hope will get children of many ages excited about history — warts and all!”
James said: “We’re so thrilled to be publishing three titles with Suzie Edge. Suzie’s trademark humour and expert knowledge is perfect for distilling gruesome historical facts to kids. Complemented by illustrator Sam Caldwell’s injection of colourful fun and gore, colour title A Hole in the Head: A Gruesomely Grisly History of Medical Firsts will hit just the right levels of hilarious grisly grossness to entertain and inform children.”
Martin added: “History Stinks!: Poo Through the Ages and History Stinks!: Wee Through the Ages are wonderful additions to our text-led list, and we can’t wait for readers to uncover loads about the loo, piles about poo and the funniest and foulest facts from the smelliest corners of history. Suzie’s new middle-grade series will be brought to life by Luke Newell’s amazingly cheeky line art, too.”
From The Bookseller article | Lauren Brown