If you've ever wondered what Phil Collins really thinks about life, the music world and especially the other members of his former band Genesis - you'll find out soon enough.

The star is to publish his 'warts and all' autobiography next year after inking a deal with Penguin Random House.

Although he has essentially retired from music since 2011 due to an injury from playing the drums, he said in 2013 that he was considering a return to the music industry, although it never materialised.

Instead, it looks like he has turned his attention to writing his own story. "Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right - until now," he said. "Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view, ­warts and all!"

The publisher, meanwhile, said: "The early material is simply breathtaking, and I am honoured to be his publisher."

Fans have quite a wait for the tome, however; it's not due for publication until October 2016.