The High Moments by Sara-Ella Ozbeck
Simon & Schuster UK will publish the debut novel of former fashion insider Sara-Ella Ozbek, pitched as “a filthier, more candid The Devil Wears Prada” and aimed at fans of “Fleabag”.
The publisher acquired world rights to The High Moments, which is aimed at fans of Emma Jane Unsworth, Caroline O’Donoghue and shows like “Girls”. Commissioning editor Bethan Jones struck the deal with Holly Faulks at Greene & Heaton and publication is set for late May 2020.
“With books and TV shows like Animals, ‘Broad City’, ‘Girls’ and ‘Fleabag’, it’s clear that women want to see themselves reflected in the media they consume, at their most fallible, awful and sometimes idiotic best,” the publisher said. “This book is for anyone who wants to see real women on the page, characters who are human, who make mistakes, and who aren’t necessarily apologetic about it, set against the fast-paced, sometimes questionable backdrop of the fashion industry.” It is described as “a filthier, more candid The Devil Wears Prada” by S&S UK.
Jones said: “I found this book so incredibly relatable – I wanted to give my younger self a hug after reading parts of it because I so clearly recognised what Scarlett, our protagonist, was experiencing. It’s hilarious and candid and a bit filthy but there’s darkness in there, too, something that the market continues to crave and that I believe many women will also recognise. It’s what made me fall in love with the book in the first place. Sara-Ella is a writer of incredible wit and talent, and it’s going to be a lot of fun introducing her, and Scarlett, to readers next year.”
Ozbek is a London-based author of South African and Turkish descent who, after briefly interning at Vogue magazine, got a job at a global model agency. After six years as an agent, she left to pursue a career in writing.
She said: “Even after years of working in the fashion industry, with its roller coaster of extreme highs and lows, I have never been as excited as I was when I received the offer from Simon & Schuster, a publishing house that I have long admired. I’m thrilled to be working with a team of such smart, dynamic women and am ever grateful to Bethan for being so immediately enthusiastic about Scarlett, foibles and all.”
You can pre-order The High Moments here.
January 01, 2016 at 9:02AM
NY RESOLUTIONS – THE PLAN
Exercise 6 times a week
Have sex once a month min. (counts as exercise)
Move out of home TO LONDON (career??)
Make more friends
New Year’s Day is the ultimate cliché for Scarlett:
feeling weepy, check
broken sense of self, check check check
She is in her twenties, stuck living at home in small-town Topsham with an academic mother who has no time for pep-talks or consolation. The one saving grace is that her friend, Billie, still works at the pub down the road, but even the pub is losing its appeal.
Feeling desperate to do something with her life and with no real plan (but the mother of all hangovers), Scarlett picks up her stuff and moves to London. But moving isn’t a miracle cure and she ends up facing exactly the same problems she was desperate to escape.
In the search for ‘her path’, Scarlett is offered an internship at a fashion agency. This might not be her dream job but her mother is disgusted. So she takes it. This is her first step to becoming something but it is also her first step to becoming someone else. Each terrible decision she makes leads to another and her life begins to spiral.
But people are starting to know her; she is starting to become someone. And surely it’s better to be someone – even if it’s someone you hate?
With a vein of dark humour at its core, The High Moments gives an astute, often stark, look at the fashion industry. This is a filthier, more sordid Devil Wears Prada which asks real questions about what it means to be a woman today. Fans of Fleabag and Girls will love this.