4th Estate has acquired Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham, the trailblazing writer-director-star of Tiny Furniture and the HBO series Girls, which launched in the UK on Sky Atlantic last month.
In this book of autobiographical essays which evokes Caitlin Moran, Woody Allen and Nora Ephron, Lena will bring her writing talent, as previously showcased in The New Yorker, and her unique powers of observation, wisdom and humour to bear on topics from the universal – dating, dieting and dressing-up – to the specific – the viability of platonic bed-sharing, overwrought emailing, and crying at work.
Lena Dunham said: ‘It’s an honor to be added to 4th Estate’s diverse and fascinating list, and to work with brilliant readers and thinkers like David and Katy. I couldn’t imagine a better way for an anglophile to meet a UK audience and I look forward to collaborating with them on every aspect of the release.’
Commissioning Editor Katy Whitehead commented: ‘Lena embodies so many qualities that young people aspire to: she is witty and brave and smart and wise. She’s also a brilliant essayist, capturing the intricacies of modern life in a way that is at once totally recognizable, and fresh and new. Present throughout this collection, as in Girls, is Lena’s resistance to received ideas about which stories are important enough to tell. We are overjoyed to be publishing Lena at 4th Estate.’
David Roth-Ey, executive publisher of 4th Estate, who negotiated the deal with Felicity Rubinstein of Lutyens & Rubinstein, acting on behalf of Kimberly Witherspoon of Inkwell Management and United Talent Agency, added: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Renaissance girl and rising literary star Lena Dunham to the 4th Estate list. Her work, committed to challenging convention to drive cultural change, is already receiving critical acclaim. So it’s only appropriate that with Not That Kind of Girl she joins a long list of agenda-setting and prize-winning authors published by 4th Estate, from Ben Goldacre to Doris Lessing.’