Sir Cliff Richard is marking his 80th birthday and 60 years in music with a “definitive” autobiography for Ebury Press, to be released alongside a new music project.
Lorna Russell, senior editorial director, acquired world all language rights for The Dreamer from Phil Smith of First Artist and Malcolm Smith for the Cliff Richard Organization, to be published on 29th October 2020.
Richard has had a hit record in every decade since the 1950s and has racked up sales of more than 250m records during his long career.
The book includes his childhood in India, his time with The Shadows, family relationships, film career, musical influences, the false allegations he faced in 2014 and his friendships with stars like Sir Elton John, Olivia Newton-John and Cilla Black.
Ebury said: “Cliff looks back on his humble upbringing, and how he went on to fulfil his wildest dreams by becoming a pop star and even a film star. He talks about finding Christianity, reflects on the ups and downs of life in the public eye, and reveals how the false allegations against him changed his life forever.
“He's seen era-defining pop groups and TV shows come and go, yet he's still making new music, and will celebrate his 80th birthday with a new music project this year. This is the story of a great British icon, celebrating 60 years in music, in his own words.”
The star last released an autobiography in 2008, titled My Life, My Way (Headline Review).