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Meet the author sparking debate about finances among women

TALKING POINT: Otegha Uwagba says she wants women to have long-overdue conversations about money, and hopes this will make them feel less alone

AUTHOR OF the phenomenally bestselling Little Black Book, Otegha Uwagba will release her next project in 2020 following the recent acquisition for world English language rights by 4th Estate, one of the most innovative and eclectic publishers in the industry.

Uwagba’s next book will be entitled We Need To Talk About Money, and the author said she was “thrilled” to be working with 4th Estate following the success of her first literary endeavour, especially Michelle Kane, the company’s PR and publishing director.

We Need To Talk About Money is part-memoir, part-cultural commentary, and a deeply honest account of Uwagba’s personal relationship with money over the past 28 years.

It highlights the parallels between her experiences and those of women the world over, while exploring what the similarities between our experiences – made universal by virtue of our gender – say about the world around us.

The book explores issues related to private education, property, women’s salaries, the commoditisation of race, invisible labour and the beauty tax. We Need To Talk About Money is a journey through the most urgent discussion points of our day, from the personal to the political and back again, and with the rigour, honesty and wit of Uwagba’s voice as our guide.

Kane said: “With this new book, Otegha is elevating the current conversations around women and money, and taking things to the level they need to be at to effect change.

“Just like the mighty Little Black Book empowered women and gave them the tools they needed to make positive career changes, this new book will go that step further and compel them to a level of personal honesty with themselves, in turn encouraging every day discourse around a topic long considered to be off limits.”

Uwagba said: “I am thrilled to once again be working with Michelle and the rest of the 4th Estate team, whose energy, ambition and commitment to my writing has consistently blown me away.

“My hope is that We Need To Talk About Money will be the jumping off point for a generation of women to begin having the long-overdue conversations about money we’re all so desperate to have.

“In telling my own money story, I want to explore the commonalities among all women’s experiences with money, in order to help other women better understand themselves, or at the very least feel less alone.”

Literary agent Emma Paterson, of Aitken Alexander, said: “It’s been hugely exciting to see Little Black Book establish itself as the essential toolkit for working women everywhere, and I know that Michelle and the 4th Estate team will bring the same air and ambition to their publication of Otegha’s vital, game-changing next book.

“We Need To Talk About Money won’t just start the conversa- tion, it will change it entirely.”

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