In a deal closed just before midnight last night (Wednesday 15th March), Jonathan Cape has secured UK and Commonwealth rights to This is a Song by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. Publishing director Michal Shavit bought rights from Spanish agent Mónica Carmona in a six-figure deal, after an auction involving eight publishers.
Carmona told The Bookseller she had turned down a pre-empt on the eve of London Book Fair. The subsequent auction is understood to have gone to best bids on Tuesday night.
In This Book is a Song, Jarvis Cocker is said to share his own experiences of creativity, melding biography, essay, texts "featured in his legendary PowerPoint presentations", alongside "copious" illustrations and photographs, many from the author’s own private collection.
Publication date is still to be confirmed.
Carmona's literary agency is based in Barcelona, representing mostly Spanish and Latin American literary writers. However Carmona said: "I was Jarvis Cocker's publisher in Spain when I used to work at Penguin Random House Spain as Literary Director. After I left PRH, I offered to become his literary agent after we talked many times about the possibility of writing an essay like This Book is a Song."
Cocker's Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics was published with Faber.