Nigel Farage is struggling to find a publisher for his memoir, according to the Evening Standard. However a publishing source has told The Bookseller that a deal may still be being finalised, while the politician's own spokesman has claimed "he can't be struggling to find a publisher" because the book has not been written.
The Londoner’s Diary column has reported that the politician had been hoping for a “six-figure” deal from HarperCollins but negotiations had turned “sour”. It is believed that Rebekah Brooks, c.e.o of News UK, the publisher's sister company, was “keen but several senior members of the team at HarperCollins were not", said the newspaper. It was also reported that the discussed fee would have been far higher than what he received for his political memoir published by Biteback The Purple Revolution (2015) and an autobiography Flying Free (2011).
However Farage's spokesman refuted claims that the politician had failed to find a publisher. He told The Bookseller: "It's not been written so he can't be struggling to find a publisher. That's all I'll say."
A publishing source who declined to be identified told The Bookseller a deal was thought to be underway, but the contract had not yet been signed.
Agent Charlie Brotherstone, of Ed Victor Limited, represented Farage for his most recent book. However on this occasion Brotherstone told The Bookseller: “We do not represent Nigel Farage and I'm afraid I do not know anything about this book.”
HarperCollins declined to comment.