Studio Press, an imprint of Kings Road Publishing, has acquired world rights for three fiction titles from Casey Stoney MBE, former England Women’s Captain. Natalie Jerome, Acquisitions Director and Publisher at Bonnier Publishing UK, acquired the rights from Tom Caplan at 10Ten Talent.
Casey Stoney was one of the most decorated players of her generation. The former defender earned 130 caps for the England Women’s national team and won 12 major trophies during her club career. She became England Captain in 2012, the same year she skippered Team GB at the London Olympics.
Following her retirement in February 2018 she moved into coaching. Casey was also named in The Independent’s Rainbow List of most influential LGBTQ+ people in the UK.
For 8-to-12-year-olds, the first as yet untitled book in the series will publish on 16thMay 2019, to tie in with the FIFA Women’s World Cup (7th June to 7th July 2019), and the series will be loosely based on Casey’s inspirational life on and off the pitch.
I’m so excited to be working with Casey! She’s a huge sporting star and she has played a big role in making women’s football more popular than ever in the UK.
-Natalie Jerome, Acquisitions Director and Publisher, Bonnier Publishing UK
Natalie Jerome said: “I’m so excited to be working with Casey! She’s a huge sporting star and she has played a big role in making women’s football more popular than ever in the UK. I think kids are going to love these books and I hope they will be inspired by this incredible author!”
Casey added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Kings Road Publishing and cannot wait to start on the books. Football has given me a long career and I am looking forward to drawing on that for inspiration when it comes to writing. Having three children of my own makes this project particularly special. I know that kids have incredible imaginations, so I want to make sure that the books are fun and hugely enjoyable.”