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Will Young Memoir Set for October 2012

Little, Brown Book Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of Will Young's autobiography, set for publication by Sphere Books this autumn.

Virago

Naked at the Albert Hall

Tracey Thorn

In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, Tracey Thorn recalled the highs and lows of a thirty-year career in pop music. But with the touring, recording and extraordinary anecdotes, there wasn't time for an in-depth look at what she actually did for all those years: sing. She sang with warmth and emotional honesty, sometimes while battling acute stage-fright.Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, Naked at the Albert Hall takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists such as Alison Moyet, Romy Madley-Croft and Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey's real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider's perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Behind the scenes

Tracey Thorn's playlist

Tracey Thorn tells us the stories behind five great videos that span her 30-year pop career

03 Feb
Kings Place, London

Tracey Thorn Event

Tracey Thorn event at Kings Place

20 Feb
The Steps Theatre, Dundee

Tracey Thorn at the Dundee Literary Festival

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn was singer and songwriter with Everything But the Girl from 1982-2000. At that point she semi-retired from the music business to bring up her children. She has since recorded two more solo albums, Out Of The Woods and Love And Its Opposite. She lives in London with her husband Ben Watt and their three children.

21 Feb
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port-Na-Craig

Tracey Thorn at the Pitlochry Literary Festival

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Tracey Thorn on twitter

Follow Tracey Thorn, singer, gardener and bedsit disco queen

Little, Brown

In the All-Night Café

Stuart David
Bedsit Disco Queen

Tracey Thorn events

Find out dates and locations for Tracey Thorn events

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Tracey Thorn on Facebook

Join Tracey Thorn, author of Bedsit Disco Queen, on Facebook

18 Mar
Old Queen's Head, London

Tracey Thorn at 'A Word In Your Ear'

07 Feb
Rough Trade East

Tracey Thorn Launch

Tracey Thorn launch

13 Feb
Old Market Theatre, Brighton

Tracey Thorn Talk

Tracey Thorn talk at the Old Market Theatre in Brighton

27 Feb
Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Tracey Thorn Talk

Tracey Thorn talk at Foyles

02 May
Waterstones, Deansgate

Tracey Thorn Talk

Tracey Thorn will be at Waterstones Deansgate.

17 Oct
Leeds Metropolitan University

Tracey Thorne University Lecture

Piatkus

The Art of Asking

Amanda Palmer

'When we really see each other, we want to help each other' - Amanda PalmerImagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses. And because she had learned how to ask, she was able to go to the world to ask for the money to make a new album and tour with it, and to raise over a million dollars in a month.In the New York TImes bestseller The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use these same principles in our own lives.

Little, Brown US

See A Little Light

Bob Mould, Michael Azerrad

Bob Mould emerged at the epicenter of America's punk rock scene upon forming H?sker D? in 1979. Their music roused a generation.For the very first time, Mould opens up to tell the passionate story of life inside that furnace, creating music that mattered. He details the growth of his own music, from an early love of the Ramones to the making of H?sker D? classics like 'Bed of Nails' and '59 Times the Pain.' Opening up about drug addictions, suicide, what it meant to come out as gay in a heavily hetero music world, and the band's violent implosion, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride, culminating with his sobriety, his solo career, and creating the band Sugar.A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's memoir is an open account of one man's driving force, which altered the shape of American music.

Virago

A Natural Woman

Carole King
Chapter One

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

Read the first chapter of the latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series. The victim of an important art theft appeals to Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and sleuth, for help.