Ebury Spotlight has acquired Denise Van Outen's "explosive and revealing" first memoir A Bit of Me, to be published this autumn.
Lorna Russell, senior editorial director, acquired world rights from Grant Michaels at Encanta Talent Management.
In her first book, Van Outen will talk "openly and sensitively" about her career, her struggles in a past high-profile relationship and the betrayal she suffered at the hands of those once closest to her, with the hope that she can help empower others to avoid and overcome any similar difficulties they may face.
The publisher explained: "Denise shot to fame on 'The Big Breakfast' in her early 20s. After a decade grafting through theatre jobs and children’s TV shows, she was finally living the dream. However her life soon turned into a nightmare off-screen and behind the headlines as her heart was broken in a very public relationship, whilst her every move was printed in the tabloids thanks to her phone being tapped. After receiving a panning by the critics for her late night TV show aimed at the post-pub crowd, she then auditioned for and accepted an offer to play Roxie Hart in 'Chicago', which turned out to be a life-changing experience. The role took her to Broadway, where she caught the eye of one Andrew Lloyd Webber, eventually landing a judging role on 'Any Dream Will Do', which saw her rise back to primetime and the career that she loves, where she has stayed and flourished."
A Bit of Me will be published in hardback on 11th November 2021.