Hodder & Stoughton has acquired an “intimate portrait” of musician Paul McCartney, written by journalist Paul Du Noyer.
Non fiction publisher Hannah Black acquired world English rights to Conversations with McCartney in a deal with Ros Edwards at Edwards Fuglewicz Literary Agency.
As a young music journalist in 1989, Du Noyer was contacted by McCartney's office and invited to interview the star.
In the years that followed, Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work closely with McCartney, with their conversations covering music and his private feelings on John Lennon and his late wife Linda, among others.
Written with the permission “and blessing” of McCartney, Conversations With McCartney will draw from Du Noyer’s interview sessions and couple "McCartney’s own candid thoughts with Du Noyer’s observations".
Du Noyer said: “Decades of access to Paul McCartney have been a privilege for me as a writer, and a personal thrill as a fan. I’ve now woven together our many interviews, many published for the first time, because - thanks to Paul's honesty, humour and unique perspective – I think they make for an affectionate and fully-rounded portrait of one of the great musicians of all time.”
Black said: “It’s been a huge privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Paul Du Noyer. It’s as if one has been granted the best ringside seat, listening in to funny, telling, surprising and revealing conversations that ripple over so many varied subjects, years and moods in a way that is mercurial.”
Hodder will publish Conversations with McCartney in £20 hardback and e-book on 24th September.