Transworld to publish Shaun Ryder memoir

Transworld is to publish the autobiography of Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder.

Editorial director Sarah Emsley acquired UK and Commonwealth rights through Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander Associates.

Emsley said: "Shaun Ryder is a living legend and his is one of the great untold stories of a life lived through the highs and lows of rock 'n' roll excess. We are absolutely thrilled to be publishing the raw, undiluted autobiography of one of the UK's most beloved rock stars".

Ryder said: "I've been mithered for years to write my autobiography, but I've always said no because the timing never felt right. Plenty of other people have had their say on Happy Mondays and Black Grape, and now just felt like the right time to tell it like it really happened."

Ryder was the lead singer for The Happy Mondays, and following the band's disintegration, launched a comeback with fellow ex-Happy Mondays bandmate Bez, forming band Black Grape in 1993. He appeared on "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" in 2010.

As yet untitled, the book will be published in autumn 2011.