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Posted by Nosy Crow, March 27, 2018

Nosy Crow snaps up fiction debut from body positive campaigner Charli Howard

Nosy Crow is delighted to announce the acquisition of Splash by Charli Howard.

World Rights in all languages were bought by Tom Bonnick from Adam Gauntlett at PFD.

Splash is an exciting middle grade fiction debut with a natural, authentic voice which tackles complex themes of body dysmorphia, absent parents and childhood trauma with sensitivity and a light touch – a heartwarming story of family, friendship, and celebrating who you are.

The book will be published in July 2018.

Tom Bonnick, Senior Commissioning Editor, Nosy Crow comments: “I’m so delighted to be working with Charli on Splash – Molly is such a wonderfully real, relatable protagonist and Charli has told her story with effortless warmth and authenticity.”

Charli Howard comments: “I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Tom Bonnick, Kate Wilson and the rest of the Nosy Crow team, and I can’t wait for Splash to be out there in the world!”

Splash is the story of Molly, who lives with her grandparents, is in her final year of primary school, and dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer. Having always lived in the shadow of her manipulative friend, Chloe, Molly finally has the chance to compete in a regional swimming gala and define herself on her own terms. But the pressure of fitting in, and the sudden arrival of her mum, threaten to overwhelm her and her chances of success.

Charli Howard is a model and body positivity ambassador. When she was fired for her size by her modelling agency, she wrote a powerful letter to her agents which went viral and has used that platform to create The All Woman Project, a charity which goes into schools to educate about body image and mental health issues.