Sceptre buys Alexei Sayle memoir

<p>Sceptre, an imprint of Hodder &amp; Stoughton, has commissioned the first memoir of comedian Alexei Sayle, on the back of the success of his three-part BBC TV series Alexei Sayle&rsquo;s Liverpool. The autobiography will focus on his life growing up in the city during the 1960s and 70s.</p><p>The deal was struck by Rupert Lancaster, through agent Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Sceptre, which has British Commonwealth rights, has published Sayle&rsquo;s fiction since his debut <em>Barcelona Plates</em> in 2000.</p><p>Publisher Carole Welch said: &quot;I&#39;m absolutely certain that it will be a very special book. Alexei is one of the most original voices writing today.&quot;</p>