Pan Macmillan and Holt win global Macmillan deal to publish Elton John’s autobiography


Pan Macmillan announced today that the company has acquired Elton John’s autobiography alongside sister company Henry Holt in New York, for publication worldwide in 2019.  MD Anthony Forbes Watson and Publisher Jeremy Trevathan at Pan Macmillan, and Stephen Rubin, President & Publisher, and Gillian Blake, Editor-in-Chief, at Holt, jointly acquired World English Rights from Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency.


Elton John said, “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person.  I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project.  It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs.  As I look back, I realise what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living.  I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honour of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes.  My life has been one helluva rollercoaster ride and it’s still lumbering on.  I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”


The book, which will be the first and only official autobiography of this flamboyant, multiple Grammy-winning international superstar, is being written by Elton with writer and music critic Alex Petridis and will be a no holds barred account of Elton’s life and work as the most enduring singer songwriter of his generation.


Anthony Forbes Watson, Pan Macmillan MD, said “Elton’s life transcends classification and his wildly readable, deeply human story will speak to anyone and everyone, everywhere. We look forward to working alongside our close colleagues at Holt to make Elton the biggest worldwide publishing event of 2019.”


Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher, Macmillan UK, added, “Elton John’s memoir is a Holy Grail of book publishing. Publishers around the world have long contemplated the excitement and potential of such a wonderful project. When the material arrived we were overwhelmed by how authentic, open, charming and, yes, commercial it was. I’m more than proud that we will be working with Elton and David to bring out this fantastic book.”




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