SPCK secured Through thick and thinthe autobiography of diet and fitness expert Rosemary Conley.
Publishing director Philip Law has acquired global rights to Hannah Schofield from LBA Books. Law will be Conley’s editor going forward. The autobiography will be published in hardcover, e-book and audio format in August 2022.
Since starting his own slimming classes in 1972, Conley has published 37 books and produced numerous fitness videos. When The hips and thighs diet (Arrow) published in 1988, Conley achieved wider public awareness.
“But Rosemary’s life was not to be one of unlimited achievement and success,” the synopsis reads. “Like all of us, she’s been through good times and bad, and here she recounts the heartaches and setbacks to come, and the joy she found, and still finds, in helping people live longer and healthier and happier lives.
Through thick and thin is told with “conley’s signature verve and charm”, presenting an “honest and inspiring” story.
Law commented, “Rosemary is probably the nation’s favorite diet and fitness expert for the past 50 years. His story is full of candid reflections on the struggles and triumphs that were happening, both in the public eye and behind closed doors. It’s a story of empowerment and resilience, a story that her millions of fans will find both intriguing and inspiring.
Conley added: “It has been an utter joy for me to write about my life story, a very different experience from writing diet books. My story is one of dramatic survival challenges, combined with a unimaginable success.I am thrilled to be working with SPCK to publish my memoir, which chronicles the highs and lows of my life’s journey.