Penguin Random House publisher of Stormzy #Merky Books has signed a romantic comedy to its list for the first time, with Taylor-Dior’s “indisputable” novel Rumble The situation.
Deputy editor Tallulah Lyons has acquired worldwide rights to the novel, which follows a struggling writer living in south London, from Seren Adams at United Agents, for publication in August 2023.
The book follows Tia Martin, who feels like her life is going nowhere. The synopsis explains: “Between never succeeding in the prestigious offices of London Central News and her first love returning from America with a new girlfriend, Tia is heartbroken and in despair.
“Her best friends beg her to move on, and to her surprise, she meets Nate: a charming and sexy photographer who gives her everything she could have wished for. When Tia mixes work and pleasure and the lines begin to fade, she and Nate fall in love – or at least she guesses they’re both on the same page…”
Rumble, a south-east London born and raised writer who began her career as a BBC News reporter aged 18 and has since gone on to produce and cover stories ranging from dark hair politics to colorism in Hollywood, described the book as “a love letter to South London”.
She said: “While it’s an exploration of the harrowing chaos that frequents (men), it’s also centered around self-discovery, the weight of impostor syndrome and, above all, , a young woman trying to put herself first. Going on this journey with #MerkyBooks, a team that truly understands my voice and vision, feels so surreal – but definitely meant to be. It’s honestly a dream come true. I feel incredibly blessed and can’t wait for the world to meet Tia.”
Lyons commented, “Laughing out loud funny and extremely relatable, Taylor-Dior wrote a smart and fresh debut, exploring the trials and tribulations of modern dating. I fell in love with Tia from page one and stayed rooted for her throughout. Taylor-Dior is an incredible talent and I’m thrilled to add such a bold, smart and compelling business voice to the #Merky Books list.