Sir Elton John has finally revealed the title and cover of his first autobiography, Me, to be released in October.
Clutching a copy of the book, the singer revealed the news, to coincide with his 72nd birthday celebrations, on YouTube, saying: “This is the very first time anyone has seen this, apart from me of course.”
Pan Macmillan will publish the volume, written by John with writer and music critic Alexis Petridis, in the UK on 15th October, with imprint Henry Holt publishing simultaneously in the US.
Pre-orders for the book were launched on 8th March and within hours it had entered the Top 100 on Amazon and had hit the Number One spot in Popular Music.
It was acquired on behalf of Macmillan by Stephen Rubin, president of Holt, and Pan Macmillan m.d. Anthony Forbes Watson, from Andrew Wylie of the Andrew Wylie Agency in New York and London, and announced last autumn.
As part of the marketing campaign, the rock star will take part in a one-off signing event at Waterstones Piccadilly this autumn.
Pan Mac publisher Jeremy Trevathan promised an “incredibly frank, funny and personal story”. He said: "As a book, it just delivers more than any of us could ever have hoped it would. It’s honest, irreverent, moving, revealing and, for the reader, it feels like Elton is sitting there, looking you in the eye, laughing and talking to you directly - and it’s such a pleasure to be in his company. I absolutely guarantee that this will be THE memoir of the decade.”