Joanne McNally has revealed she’s working on her first book, which will be released in autumn 2023.
The popular Irish comedian has signed a major deal with publisher Penguin, and the currently untitled book will explore topics like sex, dating, heartbreak, friendship, body image and ageing.
Commenting on the exciting news, Joanne said: “I’ve always wanted to write a book and I could not be happier that I’m going to do it with Penguin.”
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“I started out in life wanting to be a journalist but was told I’d need to be prepared to sell my granny for a story and considering all my grannies were deceased, I didn’t feel I had the resources to pursue that dream, so to get an opportunity to write without having to traffic elderly people is very exciting,” she joked.
In a post shared on Instagram, the Dublin native said she’s moving to the Aran Islands to write the book, and will “start queuing now” to appear on The Late Late Show in December 2023 to promote it.
Joanne has gained a legion of fans since she joined the comedy scene in 2014, but her star power was propelled even further this year when she started hosting the podcast ‘My Therapist Ghosted Me’ with her pal Vogue Williams.
Her forthcoming tour, The Prosecco Express, has also sold over 70,000 tickets so far in the UK and Ireland – with 30 nights at Dublin’s Vicar Street and three sold out appearances at the London Palladium.
Martina O’Sullivan, publisher at Penguin General, acquired world rights to Joanne’s book from Faith O’Grady at the Lisa Richards Agency.
Martina commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Joanne. My sister first introduced me to the podcast back in May and I’ve been obsessed ever since.”
“Joanne is undoubtably a comic talent but, more importantly, she’s a gifted writer with a distinctive perspective and a knack for shrewd observation.”