Kimberley Walsh to Headline

Kimberley Walsh to Headline

Headline has acquired the autobiography of Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, and will be publishing the star's story this autumn.

Walsh is the second member of the leading girl band to tell her story, following Cheryl Cole, whose Cheryl: My Story (Harper) was a Christmas bestseller. A collective autobiography from the band, Dreams that Glitter, was published by Bantam Press in 2008.

Walsh's profile was also enhanced by an appearance on last year's dance show "Strictly Come Dancing", where she was a finalist. Since then Girls Aloud—whose hits include "Sound of the Underground", "Something Kinda Ooooh" and "Love Machine"—has briefly reformed before announcing a final parting of the ways.

The book will cover what it is like behind the scenes of a successful pop group, Walsh's ongoing relationship with partner Justin and her plans for the future.

Deputy publishing director Sarah Emsley bought world rights in the book from Hillary Shaw at Shaw Thing Management, and said: "Girls Aloud were a true British success story and I couldn't be more thrilled that Kimberley has chosen this moment to tell her story.

"Her book is sure to be packed full of the warmth and laughter that makes Kimberley such a national treasure and reading it will feel like curling up on the sofa for a gossip with an old friend."