John Grant, the Colorado-born musician beloved of Irish audiences, is known for pouring his life and his experiences into his songs - but you'll be able to read about them in book-form soon, too.
Grant has signed a publishing deal with Little, Brown for his autobiography - which will tell both the story of his career and of his 'extraordinary life', including growing up gay in the 1970s and 1980s, working as a translator in a hospital, fronting the band The Czars and almost giving up on music until his big break with his 2010 solo debut 'Queen of Denmark'.
Speaking about the deal, Grant said: “Flying in the face of all reason and good judgment, Little, Brown is giving me the opportunity to write a book about my experiences in life thus far. It is the tale of a lower-middle-class homosexual humanoid male musician, addict, chronically depressed language enthusiast and underachiever who, in spite of himself, is learning to enjoy life, make sense of relationships and become an adult. Perhaps this is the cure for insomnia you’ve been searching for.”
Antonia Hodgson of Little, Brown said: "I’m a huge fan of John Grant’s music, but had no idea just how extraordinary his life has been. It is a story of family, alienation, masculinity, self-destruction, survival, the creative spirit – and told with such wit and honesty it moved everyone here who read the proposal. His voice on the page is just as unique and intimate as his music – you are drawn straight into his world. And what a large, compassionate, fascinating world it is.”
A publication date has not been announced, but most likely will be later this year.