S&S buys memoir by swimming legend Thorpe

Simon & Schuster has bought rights to an autobiography by Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe.

World rights from Jonathan Kilmartin and Sarah Wooldridge at IMG by Larissa Edwards, S&S's Australian head of publishing, and Rhea Halford, S&S UK sports commissioning editor. The book will be published in October 2012.

The memoir will follow the five time gold medallists attempts to make the London 2012 Olympic games and reflect on previous successes.

Edwards said: “His achievements in and out of the pool have cemented his place in the hearts of Australians. We look forward to bringing his story to his fans everywhere.”