Pan Macmillan has pre-empted Mr Smiley by Howard Marks for a “solid six-figure sum”.
The book is the follow-up to Marks’ autobiography Mr Nice, about his life in the marijuana trade that ended with him receiving a 25-year prison sentence in America.
Non-fiction publisher Robin Harvie pre-empted British Commonwealth rights to Mr Smiley from Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh.
Mr Smiley opens with Marks’ release from prison in 1995, and his move to Ibiza at the height of the ecstasy and clubbing boom there. On his release, Marks had made a promise to himself and family that this time he was going to go straight, “but some people are just born for the life, and it is not long before Howard found himself trying ecstasy himself and rubbing shoulders with some of the king-pins of the pill trade that has set the club scene ablaze”.
Pan Macmillan will publish as a mass-market paperback in September 2015.