Quercus has acquired the memoir of Lol Tolhurst, one of the founding members of The Cure.
Cured, his "cathartic" memoir, documents a lifelong friendship with lead singer and guitarist Robert Smith and being part of one the seminal British bands. It will document both the "ups and downs" of life in The Cure.
Richard Milner, publishing director for non-fiction, bought the book at a "hard-fought" auction from Caspian Dennis, acting on behalf of Peter McGuigan at Foundry. North American rights were bought by Ben Shafer at Da Capo Press, and translation rights are being handled by Kirsten Neuhaus at Foundry.
Milner said: "I count myself as one of the old Cure fans Lol refers to, and we’re all really excited to be publishing his book. Cured is both an affecting friendship memoir and a transportative account of what happens to a suburban 70s dreamer when he becomes a global pop star."
Tolhurst, also the former drummer and keyboardist for the band, said: "For many of my generation the Cure has been a huge part of their lives, but for me it's been my whole life. Robert and I have known each other since we were five-years-old. I'm really looking forward to sharing the ups and downs, and in-between days, of my life in the Cure with fans old and new. Writing Cured has been a totally cathartic experience for me. I feel like I have waited my whole life to tell this story."
Cured will publish on 22nd September 2016 in hardback, priced £20.00.