Canongate gets the truth behind The Wire

<p>Canongate has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to the official companion book to the cult hit TV series &quot;The Wire&quot;, which sees its UK terrestrial d&eacute;but this spring when it airs on BBC2.</p><p>Entitled <em>The Wire: Truth Be Told</em>, the book is an extended version of the title published by Simon &amp; Schuster in the US five years ago, when the series was still running.</p><p>Nick Davies, editorial director of non-fiction at Canongate, has commissioned additional material by creator and executive producer David Simon. His writing partner Ed Burns, series writers Rafael Alvarez, George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane and Richard Price, and Simon&rsquo;s wife, crime author Laura Lippman, will also contribute to the book.</p><p>Simon approached the publisher, which had published his d&eacute;but <em>Homicide</em> last autumn, with the idea of adding to the original companion after discovering that &quot;The Wire&quot; was HBO&rsquo;s biggest UK hit.</p><p>Davies said: &quot;This is not going to be your standard TV tie-in. Although there will be a lot of photos&mdash;about 200 in total&mdash;it will really be text-led.&quot;</p><p>The book is scheduled for publication in October, and will be produced as a royal hardback, priced &pound;20. Canongate is also publishing Simon&rsquo;s second book, <em>The Corner</em>, next month, with a &quot;big launch&quot; of the B-format of <em>Homicide</em> due in June. Davies said the trade paperback had sold 65,000 copies so far in the UK.</p><p>Simon will attend the Hay Festival and Harrogate Crime Festival this year, with Canongate planning a film festival weekend and &quot;big advertising campaign&quot;.</p>