Announcement: Borough Press acquires UK and Commonwealth rights to Rose Cartwright’s Body Story from OWN IT!

Body Story will be published in hardback, e-book and audio in April 2024, The Borough Press’ 10th anniversary year.

We’re thrilled to announce that Borough Press has snapped up the UK and Commonwealth rights to Rose Cartwright’s new revolutionary book, Body Story, a memoir that challenges the medicalisation of distress.

Body Story is evolving the conversation around the use of psychedelic therapy in medicine and has the potential to create revolutionary change in how we think, diagnose and treat people with mental health struggles, and Rose is perfectly placed to explore this.

Cartwright said: “Psychedelics broke open my heart, disrupted my stuckness and gave me my life back. I welcome their ‘renaissance’ but I’m concerned about psychedelic therapy being plugged into siloed and medicalised psychiatry, where brain is decontextualised from body. Present from past. Science from indigenous wisdom. Individual story from social story. The antidote is integration: bringing people and ideas together, and open-sourcing information. I’ve written this book in that spirit. I hope it offers a positive vision for what healing can mean, for anyone who feels stuck.”

Rose Cartwright is a screenwriter whose memoir, Pure, about her life with intrusive sexual thoughts, was adapted by Channel 4. Her writing about psychedelics, consciousness and mental health has been published in the Face, Vice and the Guardian. She is currently adapting Liu Cixin’s The Three Body Problem (Head of Zeus) for Netflix.

Pure: Interview with author Rose Cartwright | Channel 4

About the book, Borough Press have said: “Body Story explores the potential for psychedelics and altered states of consciousness to disrupt how we think about suffering and healing. Through interviews with professionals and Rose’s own experiences in underground psychedelic therapy, the book will interrogate biological reductionism in psychiatry, exploring the ways disadvantaged groups suffer when social context is overlooked.”

Deputy Publishing Director, Ann Bissell added: “Rose Cartwright’s proposal blew me away. Body Story will challenge the existing narrative framework surrounding mental health diagnoses and propose holistic and radical new ways of understanding and treating mental health conditions. This is a book that we at Borough Press believe will disrupt and interrogate the dominant narrative and we hope will become the definitive conversation starter in mental health. Rose writes with breathtaking honesty and vulnerability and I’m so very proud to publish her.”

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