New Order lead singer Bernard Sumner to publish in autumn 2014

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Transworld has signed an autobiography from New Order lead singer Bernard Sumner, with plans to publish in autumn 2014.

The musician has been part of the Manchester music scene since the 1970s, having been a founding member and guitarist for Joy Division, before going on to lead New Order.

Doug Young at Transworld signed UK and Commonwealth rights, including serial, in an auction with Kevin Conroy Scott at Tibor Jones on behalf of Prime Management.

Sumner said: “Joy Division and New Order have both left quite a legacy but up until now I’ve been happy to let the music speak for itself. Somehow it feels like the right time to give my personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I’ve been in.”

The as-yet-untitled book will explore Sumner’s formation of Joy Division alongside Ian Curtis, his relationship with band mate Peter Hook, and the inspiration for Blue Monday, the biggest selling 12” single of all time.