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Embla Books signs two ‘whip-smart and hilarious’ novels from Kathleen Whyman 

Embla Books, the digital-first commercial fiction imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has snapped up two books from critically acclaimed author Kathleen Whyman. 

Editorial Director Cara Chimirri acquired world English language rights from Emily Glenister at DHH Literary Agency. 

In Would You Ask My Husband That? we meet Sarah and Will who are happily married with two young children. But when Will is unexpectedly fired, Sarah is offered his old job. Sarah can’t help but feel that her career has taken a backseat all these years – and this is her moment to shine. With Will at a loose end, he can step in to help at home. After all, they’ve always said they were equals, so how hard could it be? The answer will surprise them both and test their relationship in ways that are both often hilarious and always completely relatable to anyone who has aspired to having it all.  

Whyman said: ‘I’m so excited to be working with Emily Glenister, Cara Chimirri and the rest of the Embla team. To know that these fantastically talented women are as passionate about my writing as I am is an incredible privilege. They’re a joy to work with and I’m loving every moment. Although I’ve really got to stop putting their complimentary quotes on T-shirts in the hope my family consider this writing lark a proper job!’

Chimirri said: ‘From the very first page of Kathleen’s amazing novel I knew I had been sent something very, very special. Her writing is electric with razor-sharp wit and laugh-out-loud moments. But she has also built in the most propulsive twists and such an honest exploration of the complex relationships we navigate when we juggle love, parenting and careers. I honestly defy anyone to be able to put this incredible book down once they have started and I can’t wait for readers to fall in love with Sarah and Will’s story as much as I have! I know so many readers are going to see so much of themselves in these amazing characters and there might be a few conversations round the dinner table as a result!’ 

Glenister said: ‘It has been my joy and my privilege to work with Kathleen on my list, and I am delighted that she is now working with the uber-talented Cara Chimirri on the rip-roaringly funny Would You Ask My Husband That?. With her star well and truly on the rise, I urge you to watch this Kathleen Whyman-shaped space with great interest!’

Kathleen Whyman is an author and freelance journalist. Her debut novel, Wife Support System, was inspired by her own feeble attempt to juggle a career with childcare, never-ending house ‘stuff’ and, outrageously, occasionally some time for herself. She was shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize in 2020. Kathleen writes a column for Writers’ Forum magazine and contributes to the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s magazine Romance Matters. Kathleen lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two daughters.

Would You Ask My Husband That? will publish in August 2023, followed by a second book with Embla in summer 2024.