Elton John's first book to Hodder

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired music star Sir Elton John's first book, Love is The Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, intending to publish in July 2012 to coincide with the 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference.

H&S and Little, Brown in the US bought world rights in the title from Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly LLP, with H&S non-fiction editorial director Rowena Webb acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights. The proceeds of the book will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

The book is described as "the very personal story of Sir Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly. Through his stories of close encounters with people like Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, and many others, he will convey the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life—and his infinite determination to stop its spread." Hodder Audio will publish the audiobook, read by John, simultaneously.

John said: "This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer—and to help change—by writing this book."

John's hits include "Tiny Dancer", "Daniel" and "Candle in the Wind". He has been working to tackle AIDS for the past 20 years.



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