February 14, 2020

Sarah, Duchess of York to write seven more children’s books with Serenity Press


This oak tree: may or may not be enchanted. Photo © Nigel Cox (CC BY-SA 2.0)

This week it was announced that Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has signed a seven-book children’s book deal with Serenity Press.

According to a report in Tatler, Ferguson made the announcement on Instagram, and has three of the seven books ready to publish; The Enchanted Oak Tree is expected later this year.

The Duchess is, of course, a seasoned children’s writer already—the author of over 25 previous books including the much-loved Budgie the Little Helicopter series*. Karen McDermott of Serenity Press expressed her joy at the acquisition:

“We are delighted to welcome the Duchess to our press. Her beautiful books are aligned with our core value of sharing nurturing stories that empower young minds. We cannot wait to bring these books into readers’ hands.”

The Royal family are no strangers to the publishing world: Prince Charles released his environmentalist manifesto Harmony: A New Way of Looking at the World in 2012; he has also co-written or overseen several books on Highgrove House, his Royal residency in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. In 2018, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, oversaw and provided the foreword for The Hubb Community Kitchen’s Together: Our Community Cookbook. Princess Michael of Kent is also a dab hand with the pen: she has written seven books, including three historical novels set in 15th century France.

Perhaps the most interesting of the Royal crop, however, is Queen Victoria’s early attempt at a “composition.” The Adventures of Alice Laselles was written when she was 10-and-three-quarters, and published for the first time in 2015. The action centres around someone sneaking a cat into a girl’s school—whether Ferguson’s new books will attempt such high drama remains to be seen.



*Which I see are currently out of print! Scandalous! Bring Budgie back, we need him more than ever!


Tom Clayton is publishing executive at Melville House UK.