Mitchell Beazley, part of the Octopus Publishing Group, has bought The Amazing Destination: Find your way to the best you’ve ever been by Anna Murphy, fashion director of Times.
Publisher Alison Starling acquired worldwide rights in all languages directly from the author. It will be released on March 2.
The synopsis reads: “At 50, Anna Murphy feels more visible than at any time in her life, and her new book offers a wise and inspiring guide to making the most of life as a woman. grown up, from the practical (how to dress your best) to the existential (how to feel your best).
“Wonderful destination it is not about impossible goals. It’s not about denying the aging process, nor trying to erase its signs. It’s also not about letting everything go. It’s about balance. It is about the possible and the present. How do you lift and smooth your face naturally? Should you go gray and, if so, how? How do you deal with menopause? Anna combines her knowledge from years of writing about fashion and beauty with her openness to alternative ways of thinking found in disciplines such as yoga and Chinese medicine.
“[Murphy] knows the power that clothes can bring and shares her tricks to find the way to a wardrobe that will transform not only the way you look, but also the way you feel.”
She draws on the wisdom of writers as diverse as Pema Chodron, Eckhart Tolle, Nora Ephron and Mary Oliver to convey her message, the publisher continued. “She writes about saying goodbye to what doesn’t serve you and welcoming what does; about creating relationships that work for you and others; and about finding your purpose, whether in your personal life or professional.”
Starling said: “I’ve long admired Anna Murphy’s joyful, intelligent approach to fashion and the power of clothes, but hers was brilliant. Times article ‘This is what 50 looks like’ which inspired me to approach her Wonderful destination. The broad and thoughtful advice she offers in this beautifully written book will be invaluable to women at every stage of life.”
Murphy said: “I’ve spent the last two decades of my life researching and thinking about how to be – and age – better. I thought this was for my eyes only and the growing number of friends who insisted on being updated on my latest discoveries. I guess that should have been a clue that I was onto something. Either way, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to write my findings for a wider audience.”