Transworld snaps up comedian Russell Kane’s memoir

Transworld snaps up comedian Russell Kane’s memoir

Transworld will publish stand-up comedian Russell Kane's "hilarious and searingly honest" memoir later this year. 

Editorial director Michelle Signor acquired world rights to Son of a Silverback from Danny Julian at Off the Kerb. It will be published in hardback, ebook and audio on 31st October.

Son of a Silverback, which sees Kane tell the story of a life lived under the rule of his alpha male father, Dave, is a memoir "about fathers and sons, class and education and how one self-described scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man", said Transworld.  

Signore said: "I’ve been a huge fan of Russell’s stand up for years and have wanted to publish a book by him for as long as I can remember. Russell is such a gifted storyteller – as well as delivering laughs on every single page, he deftly challenges preconceived notions about class, education and what it means to be a man and a father. Just like his stand up, his book absolutely fizzes with energy."

Kane added: "I spent the first part of my life grooming the silver back fur of the alpha male lump of meat who was my Essex Dad - Dave - of course, he was called Dave. It was as my mate Steve was weeing himself laughing as I re-told him the story of my dad smashing up a boiled egg because it wasn’t cooked right, that I thought, hang on -  hang on a second, I've got an interest only mortgage  - even if carry on gigging for another 25 years till I’m like Ken Dodd on caffeine, I’ve still got a debt-hole looming. Need to write a book. Sod it. Dad’ll do."