S&S nabs TV star Amanda Holden

S&S nabs TV star Amanda Holden

Simon & Schuster UK has signed Amanda Holden’s autobiography in a “healthy” six-figure deal, where the actress said she plans to “talk candidly and without reserve” about her life for the first time.

The British television star and “Britain’s Got Talent” judge will publish her autobiography in hardback in autumn 2013.

Holden’s life has frequently been the source of tabloid news coverage after an affair with actor Neil Morrissey was exposed in 2000 during her marriage to television show host Les Dennis, the stillbirth of her child to husband Chris Hughes in February last year and the subsequent birth of her daughter Hollie at the beginning of this year, The "Cutting It" actress, 41, said that she doesn’t want to “create cheap headlines that are forgotten within weeks” in her book.

“A lot of people think they know who I am because so much has been written about me—some of it true. Now for the first time I’ll be talking candidly and without reserve,” Holden said. She added that she wanted her book to have a wide appeal and target an audience of all ages. “I hope that my story will become an enduring legacy and one that my daughters would be proud to read.”

S&S deputy non-fiction editorial director Carly Cook bought UK and Commonwealth rights directly from Holden for the book, which will be penned by ghost-writer Wendy Holden (no relation).

Cook said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be publishing Amanda’s book. She has enjoyed success across a variety of TV and stage roles as well as being a much-loved, straight-talking judge on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, and a devoted wife and mother. From the moment we met, I knew there was a fascinating book to be published. Amanda will tell it like it is and, for the first time, will completely set the record straight.”