Weidenfeld & Nicolson is publishing the notebook diaries of former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona.
My Notebook will be a reproduction of the notebooks in which Cantona has recently been writing, drawing and sketching out his thoughts in small diaries. Containing never-before-seen drawings in Cantona's "faux-naïve style", and spanning topics such as love, death, absurdity and society, it will be published as a £12.99 hardback on 16th November 2017.
W&N publisher Alan Samson bought English language rights (excluding US) from Kerry Glencorse at Susanna Lea Associates on behalf of Editions Flammarion.
Samson said welcoming Cantona to the Weidenfeld list generates "an emotion akin to scoring the winning penalty in a shoot-out at Wembley". He continued: "Footballing genius, poet, philosopher and actor, he is unique. These drawings and Eric’s witty accompanying text will entertain his legions of admirers as his artistry on the pitch once did.”
Glencorse added: “We sent Alan an email with the subject line: ‘Oh Ah’ and he picked up the phone immediately. Since Susanna handled rights to Cantona: My Story in 1993, Alan has checked in annually to find out what the great man is up to. We couldn’t be happier that his persistence has paid off and he will be publishing these brilliantly witty notebooks. But then he knows that if you follow the trawler for long enough…”