Canongate buys Rhodes memoir

Canongate has acquired a memoir by classical music star James Rhodes.

The publisher signed world rights for the as-yet-untitled memoir, in a deal which was non-fiction publishing director Katy Follain's first acquisition since joining the company from Penguin.

The pianist has played in venues around the world, and seen his first four albums top the iTunes classical chart. He has also featured in TV programmes, using music to reach out to psychiatric patients.

The book will touch on Rhodes difficult past, including his childhood, during which he suffered physical and sexual abuse, as well as a nervous breakdown which led to him being sectioned. It also examines the state of the current classical music business.

The memoir will be published in August 2014.

Rhodes was among those entertaining guests at The Other Side, a live event held in Edinburgh on 19th September to celebrate Canongate's 40th birthday. The pianist played pieces by Bach and Rachmaninov on the night.