W&N to publish Dame Julie Andrews memoir this autumn

Home WorkWeidenfeld & Nicholson are honoured to announce that they are publishing Dame Julie Andrews’ HOME WORK: A MEMOIR OF MY HOLLYWOOD YEARS which will pick-up where her critically acclaimed 2008 bestselling book, Home, left off and spans the 1960s through to the late 1980s during which time Dame Julie began her filmed entertainment years starting with Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music and her meteoric rise.

Alan Samson, Publisher and Chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Hachette Book Group, Inc who secured world rights all languages from Steve Sauer at Media Four in Los Angeles.

In Home, Ms Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Dame Julie picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and describes her years following personally and professionally, from the incredible highs to the challenging lows.

Publisher and Chairman of W&N, Alan Samson said: ‘Dame Julie Andrews is indisputably a British national treasure, famous for her starring roles in some of the most successful and timeless films ever made. This vivid memoir of her Hollywood years recounts Julie’s personal experiences of these times, and her reflective insights will beguile and enchant her multitudes of admirers, of which I am proud to be one.’

Co-written with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Julie Andrews’ trademark charm and candour, HOME WORK takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an astonishing life that is funny, heartrending and inspiring. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television; she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.

HOME WORK: A MEMOIR OF MY HOLLYWOOD YEARS will be published in hardback on 15 October.