Penguin Random House has acquired world rights for the autobiography of music "legend" Phil Collins.
The deal was struck by Ben Dunn, publishing director of Century in the UK and Tricia Boczkowski on behalf of Crown in America, through Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown Group Ltd.
Collins, who gained fame as the drummer and lead singer in rock band Genesis, has racked up worldwide record sales of 150m and is one of only three recording artists in history to sell over 100m albums both as a solo artist and as a member of a band.
Collins said: “Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right - until now. Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view, warts and all!”
Dunn said: “Phil Collins' autobiography is one of the last great untold stories, and is something we’ve all been desperate to read. The early material is simply breathtaking, and I am honoured to be his publisher.”
The book will be published in hardback and as an ebook in October 2016.