O'Brien Press buys 'X Factor' star's memoir

The O'Brien Press has bought rights to a memoir by "X Factor" contender Mary Byrne.

Managing director Ivan O'Brien bought world rights from Will Talbot, at Modest Management. The book, This is My Life, will be published in November and co-written by Sunday World showbusiness editor Eddie Rowley. The book will chart Byrne's life from her childhood, time working on a supermarket checkout to becoming one of the finalists in last year's "X Factor" competition.

O'Brien said: "Mary touched the hearts of everyone who followed her progress on 'X Factor'. Not only is she a fantastic performer, but her winning personality and can-do attitude are inspiring.

"We are delighted to bring her full story, in her own words, to her legions of fans everywhere."