Brow Books signs a two-book deal with writer and artist Eloise Grills

We at Brow Books are tremendously thrilled to announce that we have signed a two-book deal — for a book-length narrative essay combining text and images, and also a collection of shorter non-fiction works — with writer and visual artist Eloise Grills.


Eloise will be expanding her piece ‘big beautiful female theory’, which won this year’s Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction, into a book-length work – to also be titled big beautiful female theory and to be published in 2020. This will be welcome news to the many of you out there who have responded so enthusiastically to Eloise’s incredible essay, which appears in the current issue of The Lifted Brow.

Following on from publishing her book big beautiful female theory we will also be publishing a curated collection of Eloise’s shorter non-fiction works.

We’ve been publishing Eloise’s work in our magazine and on our website for years now — and have been reading her pieces whenever they’ve been published anywhere else — including this piece and this piece and this piece and this piece and this piece and these pieces, and we are so very excited to be able to take this next step with Eloise.

Eloise says:

"Brow Books is home to more weird, wonderful, outspoken and experimental books than any other publisher in Australia, probably the world. I'm so thrilled that they have opened up a hidey-hole in their house for a little weirdo like me. Publishing with The Lifted Brow magazine has been some of the most creatively challenging and fulfilling work I've done over the last few years, and I am so excited to continue this relationship through a book! Holy hell, two books! I'm beyond grateful, surprised, weirded out, nervous, elated to have been given this opportunity; it's like a surprise twist ending that I never expected would happen but actually it's a surprise twist... middle? Or... beginning? Anyway, I promise that I won't fuck it up. Hopefully."


Eloise Grills is an award-winning visual essayist, a poet, educator and memoir editor for Scum Magazine. She was recently awarded the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for Nonfiction for her Scum Magazine column Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl  and The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (2018). She was a finalist for the mid-year Walkleys, and was recently named as a finalist for the  2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize. 

Eloise is a current Felix Meyer Scholar and was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow in 2016. Her debut comics chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses,  will be published by Glom Press in December. She tweets and grams as  @grillzoid.