'Godfather of Grime' to publish autobiography with William Heinemann

'Godfather of Grime' to publish autobiography with William Heinemann

An autobiography from Wiley, the "Godfather of Grime", looking back on two decades in music, has been snapped up by William Heinemann. Eskiboy will be published this November.

Wiley, an artist who carved out his career in the east London Grime scene in the early 2000s, has released 10 top-20 records, selling over four million singles. His autobiography will be an account of his life and career, from white-label releases and illegal broadcasting to lifetime achievement awards, in 96 short chapters.

The book will cover the star's early years and influences, friendships and rivalries and tragedies and triumphs, according to William Heinemann, as well as explore the history and future of Grime and the Eskimo sound, featuring lyrics, notes and unseen photographs.

Editorial director Tom Avery acquired world rights from Harriet Poland of The Hanbury Agency. William Heinemann will be working in collaboration with BMG The New Music Company on Eskiboy, to publish in hardback and e-book editions on 2nd November with a Windmill paperback edition following in 2018.