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Coal Black Mornings

Posted: 13 Mar 2017, 19:53
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Suede frontman Brett Anderson's memoir sold after 10-way auction
Published March 10, 2017
by Katherine Cowdrey
Little, Brown has bought Suede founder and lead singer Brett Anderson's memoir Coal Black Mornings.
Richard Beswick at Little, Brown acquired the book from Charlie Brotherstone at Ed Victor, following a 10-way auction.
The memoir tells Anderson's story of growing up in the early 1970s on a council estate, in between Brighton and London, under the "eccentric influence" of his father, "a taxi driver who roams around the pebble dash maisonette in Lawrence of Arabia robes whilst air-conducting his beloved Liszt and polishing the maritime memorabilia".
The title refers not only to the death of Anderson's mother, and the loss of his lover, but also to the "choked Britain" of the early 1990s.
"This is a memoir which is so very good we would have wanted to publish it, whoever the author," said Beswick. "The fact that it is by the founder of an internationally successful band of course adds to the attraction. But fundamentally it is a classic memoir, which can stand alongside books like This Boy’s Life and Alan Johnson’s memoirs, as well as music books such as those by Mark Oliver Everett and Tracey Thorn."
Little, Brown will publish in hardback in the spring of 2018 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Suede’s first album, and then in Abacus paperback.
World rights were bought from Charlie Brotherstone at Ed Victor Ltd.

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Posted: 15 Mar 2017, 20:22
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Ex-Pulp frontman’s book on creativity heads for six-figure deal, while Suede’s Brett Anderson memoir is also signed
Danuta Kean @Danoosha
Wednesday 15 March 2017 18.14 GMT Last modified on Wednesday 15 March 2017 18.37 GMT
Two of Britpop’s biggest stars staged a comeback at this year’s London Book Fair, led by Jarvis Cocker. Bidding for a six-page book proposal by the ex-Pulp frontman had passed the £100,000 mark by the end of Thursday, with four publishing houses fighting it out for the as yet untitled tome about creativity.
Those understood to have offers on the table at Cocker’s literary agent Mónica Carmona include Penguin Random House, Macmillan and Faber, for whom the musician has worked as an editor-at-large. A publisher who pulled out of the bidding before the final round described the numbers as “scary” for a book that insiders said was “emphatically not a memoir”.
The news comes hot on the heels of Suede frontman Brett Anderson signing a deal for Cold Black Mornings, a memoir of his life before the band achieved global success. The book was acquired by Richard Beswick of Little, Brown, who told the Guardian that the singer’s prose was “as sharp as his cheekbones”.
Industry sources said Beswick had paid a “healthy” five-figure amount for the book, which recounts Anderson’s upbringing on a council estate in Haywards Heath in the 1970s and life with his eccentric father, a taxi driver who would take the singer to the grave of Liszt to pay homage. The title refers in part to the impact of the death of Anderson’s mother and the loss of his lover, Elastica founder Justine Frischmann, to Damon Albarn of Blur.
Britpop royalty were not alone in causing a sensation at the fair. In a deal that will bring hope to unpublished writers heading towards retirement, Canongate announced that a dark novel by a sixtysomething English teacher from St Andrews had become an unexpected hit, with international publishers queuing up for the right to publish it.
Jamie Byng, founder of the Edinburgh-based publishing house, said that by the end of the fair he expected publishers from 20 countries, including the US, Italy and Spain, will publish the book, Sal by Mick Kitson. The author had sent his manuscript to Canongate communications director Jenny Fry to read “for advice”, after meeting her at a family memorial.
Described by Byng as “Hansel and Gretel set in the west coast of Scotland”, it tells the story of a young girl who escapes appalling conditions to live wild. “There is nothing sentimental about it,” he said. “It is strong and brutal, but also redemptive and hopeful.”
Kitson, who was at the fair with his daughter, said he had been in shock at the speed with which the book had gone global. “When I was called by Canongate, I thought it was a member of my family taking the piss,” he told the Guardian. “I’m still in shock.”

Re: Coal Black Mornings

Posted: 16 Mar 2017, 21:22
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Jarvis Cocker, Suede’s Brett Anderson Ready New Books
Anderson lands a book deal, Cocker fields offers from publishing companies

Two Britpop legends began arranging deals for new books at the London Book Fair, an annual book-publishing trade fair. Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker is fielding multiple offers for a six-page book proposal that is “emphatically not a memoir,” The Guardian reports. A bidding war has reportedly broken out between publishing companies including Penguin Random House, Macmillan, and Faber; offers have apparently exceeded £100,000. Meanwhile, Suede frontman Brett Anderson signed a deal with Little, Brown for Cold Black Mornings, a memoir that chronicles his life before the band took off.