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Virago signs Everything But the memoir

Tracey Thorn, one half of the band Everything But the Girl, has signed a book deal for her memoir with Virago.

Editor Rowan Cope bought UK and Commonwealth rights through Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Ltd. Cope called herself "hugely excited" by Thorn's memoir, which she called "one take on how to be a woman artist" and almost a companion piece to Caitlin Moran's How to Be A Woman.

She said: "As in her song lyrics, her writing is honest, moving, perceptive and very funny, and the book offers a vivid and appealing portrait of her personal and artistic journey through the 1980s and 1990s, with the Marine Girls, Everything but the Girl and as a solo artist."

The as yet untitled book will be published in early 2013, with DGA Ltd selling US and translation rights at Frankfurt.