PRESS RELEASE – HarperCollins India to publish Lisa Ray’s memoir in summer 2019

Lisa Ray

Photograph ©Farrokh Chothia Courtesy of Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray, one of India’s first supermodels, actor, cancer survivor, and new mother of twins through surrogacy, will be publishing her memoir with HarperCollins India.

The untitled memoir is an unflinching and deeply moving account of Lisa’s nomadic existence: her entry into the Indian entertainment industry; her relationship with her Bengali father and Polish mother; movie sets and the Oscars; her battle with eating disorders; being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma; her spiritual quest; and the heartaches and triumphs of her journey. It is also about Lisa’s search for love.

Lisa Ray: ‘I am both nervous and excited about the publication of my memoir by HarperCollins India. Writing my story has transported me through a myriad of experiences and worlds, and the emotions of a life lived close to the bone. I’ve been working on this a long time and, after the birth of my twins, it feels like my third baby. Thank you, HarperCollins India, Jayapriya Vasudevan and Jacaranda Agency, for standing by me and extending all your sensitivity and skills in bringing my manuscript to life. It’s hard to tell your own story authentically without unwavering support. I hope this will be the first of many more stories I have to share.’

Diya Kar, HarperCollins India said: ‘Lisa’s memoir is candid, brave, and inspiring. We are delighted that we will be publishing the story of her remarkable journey—from being ‘discovered’ at sixteen to being diagnosed with cancer at thirty-seven, this is a brutally honest account of one who’s lived life on her terms.’

About the author

Lisa Ray has had a long and serendipitous career in the entertainment arts spanning multiple countries and films including the Oscar-nominated Water, television (Top Chef Canada) and modelling. She starred in Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Afreen Afreen’ video. Her entrepreneurial activities include starting her own yoga studio and a line of ethical perfume. When diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in 2009, she chose to share her experiences in a blog called ‘The Yellow Diaries’ which led to her first book (her forthcoming memoir). She is a well-known advocate for cancer awareness through her writing and public talks. Lisa writes poetry centred on identity, and a life of no fixed address. Her upcoming acting releases include A.R. Rahman’s first production, ’99 Songs’ and an original Amazon series. Lisa recently announced the birth of her twin daughters via surrogacy, writing and speaking about it as a way to normalize fertility options and choices for others.

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