Little, Brown and Sphere has bought the autobiography of Duran Duran bassist and founding member John Taylor.
Little, Brown editor in chief Antonia Hodgson bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, at auction from Jonathan Conway at Mulcahy Conway Associates. Taylor will co-write the book with journalist and author Tom Sykes and the memoir will be published in hardback in autumn 2012, alongside Penguin US.
Hodgson said: "We're so excited about this project. John Taylor is a warm, witty and engaging writer with an incredible story to tell. His book will be an honest and frank account of his life—good times and bad. It will also capture all the joy and glamour and craziness of being in Duran Duran—surely one of the greatest and best-loved bands of all time."
Taylor said: "This book recounts the million tiny seductions that are required to make the journey from English suburbia to selling out Madison Square Garden - seductions that go by a hundred different names; family, friendship, romances, collaborations and strategic alliances.
"Here is my journey and where it took me; into fantastic success, more than a little decadence, darkness, and finally, I like to think, a little enlightenment."