David Cameron to 'talk candidly' of memoir to mark publication

David Cameron to 'talk candidly' of memoir to mark publication

Former prime minister David Cameron will “talk candidly” to mark the publication of his long-awaited autobiography, For The Record (William Collins).

An exclusive event is planned for 7th October, following publication on 19th September. 

“Join former prime minister David Cameron, as he talks candidly to mark the release of his autobiography,” the website for the MyTimes events series reads. “Joining him on the evening will be John Witherow, editor of the Times, to discuss the former prime minister's political career from his time in opposition to his six years in Number 10, including the events that led to the EU referendum, and his life beyond politics.”

The book is due to feature the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS, the invasion of Ukraine, the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria, the Olympic Games in 2012 and the Scottish referendum. William Collins said in May when full publication details were announced: "He will provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain’s place in the world in the light of Brexit.”

After much speculation, it was finally revealed in May that For The Record would be published 10 days before the Conservative Party Conference and a month before Brexit, followed by HarperCollins US on Tuesday 24th September under the Harper imprint. Retailing at £25 in hardback, it will also be published in e-book and audio with Cameron reading the audiobook himself. In April, HarperCollins had publicly stood by the autumn publication date amid claims Cameron was pushing back publication due to a promise he made to Theresa May

William Collins had originally bought the autobiography in a "hotly contested and significant deal", reportedly worth £800,000, negotiated with the late literary agent Ed Victor in 2016. As originally reported, the book will draw on over 50 hours-worth of audio tapes recorded with Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein. Publication had been scheduled to take place in 2018.

The Bookseller understands that author royatlies are going to a range of charities closely aligned with the Camerons including those associated with the armed forces, disabled children, and Alzheimer’s Disease.