The 80s punk rock singer’s autobiography is under offer in France, Germany and Finland, having sold already to Simon & Schuster in the US and UK in a high six-figure deal. Dancing With Myself – the title comes from his early hit single — is being repped by Cathryn Summerhayes at William Morris Endeavor in London. The 54-year-old singer is promising a story of sex and drugs and 24-hour madness and says he’s “going out on a limb here – so watch my back”. Simon & Schuster’s imprint Touchstone will publish in the US late 2011 or 2012. Let’s hope Idol sits down and finishes writing it. Mick Jagger returned his $4 million advance because he got so bored penning his memoirs.
And the autobiography of George Lazenby, the man who had the unenviable task of inheriting James Bond’s shoes after Sean Connery, has been taken off the table by Century. John Elek of AP Watt sold the book by Lazenby, who was working as a car salesman and model before playing 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Century will publish the book in spring 2012. Sure, Lazenby was a bit wooden but OHMSS is still, to my mind, the best of the non-Connery Bonds. At least it doesn’t have the safari-suit tackiness of the Roger Moore years.
Other titles that have been selling strongly at Frankfurt, which ends today, include:
— Prepare for a glut of Titanic books to coincide with the centenary of the tragedy in April 2012. As well as James Cameron’s 3D re-release of his movie and the 4-hour Julian Fellowes miniseries which ITV is planning, UK publisher Arrow will publish Unsinkable, a thriller set on board the doomed liner. Araminta Whitley of the LAW agency tells me film rights are still available.
— Curtis Brown says film and TV rights are also up for grabs on Genus, a new science-fiction novel by Jonathan Trigell (Boy A), set in a future London where genetic improvements have made physical perfection the norm. Corsair, the fiction imprint of UK publisher Constable & Robinson, has taken worldwide rights. Andrew Garfield, the new Spider-Man, won a Bafta for his performance in Film 4’s TV movie version of Trigell’s first novel Boy A, which also picked up a Best TV Director award.
— Blue Monday, the first in a new series of 8 crime novels by bestselling author Nicci French, is selling strongly, according to Simon Trewin of United Agents. Viking Penguin has bought it for the US and Michael Joseph/Penguin has taken the UK. Other territories sold include Canada, Germany and Holland. The books will all psychotherapist-cum-investigator Frieda Klein. Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French – their previous 12 standalone Nicci French thrillers have sold 1.25 million copies in the UK alone. St John Donald of United is repping the film/TV rights. Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes starred in a laughably awful movie version of Nicci French’s novel Killing Me Softly.