Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, announces book deal: ‘I wanted to share my story’

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, announces book deal: ‘I wanted to share my story’

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Sarah Ferguson is enjoying her latest role as an author.

It was announced on Thursday that the Duchess of York has signed a 22-book deal with Australian publisher Serenity Press, which will include three new novels for young adults. The 62-year-old said she will look back to her painful teenage years for her writing process.

“Young adults are perhaps the fastest growing category of new novels today,” the grandmother said in a statement. “There’s just something about youth – with all its incredible triumphs and heartbreaking failures – that makes it the perfect backdrop for powerful storytelling.

“I wanted to tell my story of growing up with anxiety and an eating disorder and witnessing firsthand the effects of generational trauma. It’s always there for me, and it all started with the loss of my mother.”

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has signed a 22 book deal.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has signed a 22 book deal.
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The Duchess’ mother, Susan Barrantes, died in 1998 at the age of 61.

Ferguson’s first book for young adults, Demon’s Land, is due out in late June.

“Through my charity work, I’m in constant contact with young people and I have so much empathy for everything they’ve been through over the last two years,” she shared. “They are an able and compassionate generation, and their help as advisors on this book, ensuring we capture the essence of what it’s like to be a teenager today, was instrumental in writing the book.”

Ferguson is mother to two daughters: Princess Beatrice, 33, and Princess Eugenie, 32.

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, left, shares two daughters with Prince Andrew - Princess Beatrice (pictured here) and Princess Eugenie.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, left, shares two daughters with Prince Andrew – Princess Beatrice (pictured here) and Princess Eugenie.
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Last January, it was announced that Ferguson had landed a book deal for her debut adult novel, a historical romance that fictionalizes the life and love of her great-great-great-aunt. The book “Her Heart for a Compass” is about “daring to follow your heart against all odds”.

Publishers Mills & Boon, a romance imprint by British publishers Harlequin UK, said the story was based on Ferguson’s ancestor, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, who fled an arranged marriage and “the confines of high society”. The book, co-written with author Marguerite Kaye, was released in August.

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Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew were married from 1986 to 1996.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew were married from 1986 to 1996.
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The Duchess said she also drew on “many parallels from my life” for the love story.

Ferguson was married to Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s third child, but the couple divorced in the 1990s. She has previously published her memoirs and authored several children’s books.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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