Simon & Schuster UK has acquired Sober, a new autobiography from former England and Arsenal football captain Tony Adams.
Sober is the sequel to the number one bestseller Addicted, for which Adams will once again work with award-winning writer Ian Ridley.
The book, which marks 20 years of sobriety for Adams, will address his battle with alcoholism in addition to assessing his career, from Euro 96 through Arsenal’s double-winning season of 2001-02 and the final chapter in his international career and coaching. It will also discuss how he set up the Sporting Chance Clinic to help other sports people deal with their drink, drugs and gambling addictions, along with his insights on the state of the modern game and Arsenal.
Simon & Schuster UK has acquired world rights direct from the author, to publish in spring 2017.
C.e.o. and publisher at S&S UK, Ian Chapman, said: "It’s no exaggeration to say that Addicted was a landmark book, redefining perceptions of what a sports autobiography can be. We have no doubt that Sober, and Tony’s characteristic honesty, will once again have a real emotional resonance with readers."
Adams added: “Thanks to Simon & Schuster I am really very excited and delighted to be sharing my sobriety experiences of the last 20 years. I hope to pass on the message and the tools of living one day at a time in the absurd, dysfunctional yet always thrilling and passionate world of professional football.”