Playwright and screenwriter Abi Morgan will tell the story of her husband’s struggles with illness and her own battle with cancer in a new memoir, Deadline reports.
Morgan, known for her screenplays for films like Brick Lane, The Iron Lady, and Shame, will publish This Is Not a Pity Memoir with creative platform Sugar23 and publisher Mariner Books.
Michael Sugar and Angela Ledgerwood of Sugar23 said it was a “great honor” to work with Morgan.
“We were enthralled by Abi’s story from page one of her manuscript and couldn’t quite believe how beautifully she managed to transform the story of her husband’s illness—and her own—into a galvanizing reminder of how to live and love fully,” the two said.
Morgan’s book will tell the story of her diagnosis with breast cancer and the long illness of her husband, actor Jacob Krichefski.
“Writing from my own life when life becomes more brutal than anything I could have written, my internal editor went into overdrive,” Morgan said in a statement. “In hospital corridors, I edited the ‘dialogue’ of doctors....But life is not a film, or a play, or a memoir. It’s lived, with no ‘exit stage right.’”
This Is Not a Pity Memoir is scheduled for publication in June of 2022.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.