Chatto & Windus has acquired a "very fun, very British" book about amateur dramatics from script editor and writer Jenny Landreth.
The book's author, an "am dram devotee", is also the author of Swell: A Waterbiography (Bloomsbury). In her new book she will celebrate amateur dramatics' contribution in building communities and developing confidence in a mix of social history, memoir, interviews and manifesto, and by following a production from auditions through to last night party.
Entitled Bad Rep, according to Vintage it will explore "what our love of am dram says about us as a nation, why amateur theatre is important, and how it could change your life". UK and Commonwealth rights were bought by Poppy Hampson, editorial director at Chatto & Windus, from Becky Thomas at Johnson & Alcock to publish in spring 2020.
Hampson said: "Everyone here at Chatto and Vintage responded to Jenny’s proposal with joy – this book is going to make us all happy, enabling us to rediscover our inner thesp, and understand more about this particularly British cultural phenomenon – and ourselves."