Coronet will publish an insider’s account on the world’s most controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho.
Mark Booth at Coronet has bought World English Language rights to Wild Wild Guru from Kevin Pocklington at JBA. Wild Wild Guru will be pushed as a hardback and ebook in September.
Written by Englishman, Subhuti Anand Waight, who gave up his job as a political journalist at Westminster to spend 14 years living with Bhagwan, Wild Wild Guru is an insider’s account of Bhagwan and the notorious cult that he led, first in India, then in Oregon USA.
Coronet said: "Wild Wild Guru reveals new insider details about Bhagwan including his unorthodox teachings on sex, use of violence, misuse of power and all the criminal activities that led to a national scandal and the first bioterror attack in the United States. But the book also shows another side to this fascinating story. It acknowledges the depth of meditation that people experienced in Bhagwan’s presence and the transformation his disciples went through."
Subhuti Anand Waight said: “As a political correspondent in Westminster, I was a detached observer of life. As a disciple of Bhagwan (Osho), I found myself plunging into life and experiencing it to the max. It was a wild wild ride, embracing the good, the bad and the unthinkable.”
The contentious issues surrounding Bhagwan, frequently referred to as ‘the sex guru’, hit the headlines last year when he was the subject of an award-winning Netflix documentary "Wild Wild Country". The documentary examined the Rajneesh sect and sparked global interest and a renewed fascination with Osho.
Booth added: “The Netflix documentary revealed a forgotten piece of American history that had remained untold for so long. Its transmission sparked a fascination worldwide and left people asking more questions about Bhagwan. Wild Wild Guru reveals new details about his scandalous behaviour and that also of his followers and how they maintained it all had a genuine spiritual purpose.”