Kathleen Whyman

Hera signs hilarious, relatable women’s fiction from Kathleen Whyman

Hera are delighted to announce that they have acquired the debut women’s fiction novel from journalist, Kathleen Whyman. Wife Support System is the story of three mums fed up with juggling the treadmill of childcare, household chores and their careers and come up with an ingenious solution – but will it be the answer they’ve all been looking for? Kathleen is a writer for Writers’ Forum magazine, a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and her second book was recently longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Comedy Novel prize. World English rights were acquired directly from the author by Keshini Naidoo.

Keshini Naidoo, Publishing Director at Hera Books said of the deal:

'Wife Support System landed on my desk at exactly the right time. Just as I was feeling guilt about feeding my kids pasta pesto and fish fingers again, despairing of the ever-growing unanswered emails from school, wondering how I’d fit this in along with the stack of edits in my in-box, Kathleen’s book resonated with me so much – and I know it will for so many readers out there, particularly after weeks of juggling homeschool and work during lockown! Polly, Erica and Louise are relatable, funny and stressed mums just trying to do the right thing by their kids and careers, and the solution they come up with to manage their lives makes for a brilliantly funny, engaging novel. I’m so excited to publish Wife Support System in Summer 2020.’

Kathleen Whyman commented:

‘I’m extremely honoured, excited, and in danger of boring everyone I know about the news that Hera is publishing my debut novel Wife Support System. As well as being driven and dynamic, Keshini’s got a brilliant sense of humour, so I’m very flattered that she relates to the humour, as well as the plot. Although I think she’s doing herself a disservice with her cooking. Pasta pesto and fish fingers is considered fine dining in my house.

The inspiration for Wife Support System came on a typically frantic day. I was trying to test spellings, get to an after-school club, cook dinner, book a plumber and meet a work deadline. Oh, and complete the simple task of making a gas mask for a school project that was due in the next day. Many of my friends are struggling in the same way and it occurred to me that if we lived together, we could help each other out and life would be much easier. Providing I didn't ask for help with the gas mask. I’m not as brave as the three women in my book to do this (although I am often as desperate), but it was great fun imagining what issues would occur, both with each other and their husbands