HarperCollins acquires Jermaine Jackson title

HarperCollins acquires Jermaine Jackson title

HarperCollins has bought a book by Jermaine Jackson about the life of his pop star brother Michael.

World rights to You are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes were bought by Natalie Jerome, publishing director for Harper non-fiction, from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown. It will be published simultaneously by Simon & Schuster in the United States in autumn 2011.

Described by the publisher as "an expert witness to history from the inside", the book will detail Michael Jackson's life, from his early stardom as a child with the Jackson Five, through the massive success he experienced in the 1980s and 1990s to the infamous 2005 child molestation case, as well as the final weeks of his life when his planned comeback was cut short when he died in June 2009, aged 50.

Jerome said: "There are very few figures in the world like Michael Jackson and there remains an enormous amount of love and a desire to understand what his life was like. Like everyone I had a perception of who Michael was, but what I've read from Jermaine so far has altered everything I had believed, and I think fans the world over are going to be surprised and moved by this book.

"This is a once in a lifetime publication and the team at HarperCollins are delighted to be Jermaine's publisher."

Jackson said: "We don't want Michael's life – or death – to be an eternal mystery. This is the truth as we know it. I have read so much about what people think they know about Michael, but this is about what really happened. I hope to make sense of the occasions when the outside world struggled to understand my brother's world.

"Everyone has said it all about Michael and us. They cannot say anything more. Now it is our turn."