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HarperCollins Publishers to publish two novels from bestselling author, columnist and comedian Rosie Waterland

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to announce that they have signed bestselling author, columnist and comedian Rosie Waterland in a new two-book deal. Waterland has published two bestselling memoirs with HarperCollins, The Anti-Cool Girl (2015) and Every Lie I’ve Ever Told (2017), but her next two books will be commercial fiction.

Waterland’s yet-to-be titled first novel tells the story of Olive Alexander – an advice columnist for a women’s website whose life would go a lot more smoothly if she only had the sense to take her own advice. She’s smart, sardonic, socially awkward and upfront about the realities of being a woman – even the gross parts. She is the kind of character who is often cast as the quirky best friend in sitcoms but has never been the star of a romantic comedy. Until now.

Rosie Waterland says: ‘Having written two memoirs by the age of 30, I’m more over myself than you can imagine, so I’m thrilled to be moving into fiction! HarperCollins was the obvious choice. They have always supported me and my creative choices, and I’m excited they’re now letting me make up some stories about the kind of unapologetically funny (and sometimes confronting) female protagonist we don’t often get to see.’

Catherine Milne, Head of Fiction, says: ‘Rosie Waterland is a ridiculously talented writer, and I simply cannot wait for these novels to be written. Olive Alexander is the raucously funny, outrageously Fleabag-kind-of-heroine that we need to have on our pages and in our lives.’


About Rosie Waterland

Rosie Waterland is an author, columnist and comedian. Her irreverent brand of humour has been applied to topics including feminism, pop culture, body image, television, mental health and more. Rosie’s first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, published by HarperCollins in 2015, was a critically-acclaimed national bestseller, shortlisted for a 2016 Indie Book Award, the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing and two 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards. Rosie won the 2016 ABIA People’s Choice Matt Richell New Writer of the Year Award. Rosie’s highly anticipated second book, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, was published by HarperCollins in 2017, went on to become a national bestseller and was picked in the Dymocks Top 101. Rosie has been a contributing writer on multiple Australian TV shows, most notably ABC TV’s Tonightly. She was also co-star and creator of ABC TV’s satirical political documentary series, What’s Going On: With Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland. Rosie’s podcast series with PodcastOne based on her first book, Mum Says My Memoir is a Lie, won an Australian Commercial Radio Award for Best Original Podcast and has achieved more than 4 million downloads to date.


About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corp.


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April 16, 2019


HarperCollins Publishers to publish two novels from bestselling author, columnist and comedian Rosie Waterland