Johnny Vegas book delayed until next year

Johnny Vegas book delayed until next year

HarperCollins has delayed publication of its autobiography of comedian Johnny Vegas, Becoming Johnny Vegas, due for release this autumn, until this time next year.

The publisher said the decision was taken in order to allow Vegas, whose real name is Michael Pennington, enough time to finish the book.

Vegas said: "My story is actually two stories. Two books weaved into one. Michael Pennington has a definite history, along with a birth certificate. Johnny's back story was always shrouded in Guinness and mystery . . . It's proving far more complex than a straightforward autobiography. I'm sorry if I underestimated that at the start of the writing but I'm finding the process both fascinating and genuinely enlightening and I believe it's worth the wait to get this right."

As yet, no new publication date has been set. The change in schedule means HarperCollins will be publishing the book in the same period as the autobiography of fellow comedian John Bishop.