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Nine Eight Books to publish Mick Wall’s ‘vivid and essential’ A-Z biography of Elton John

Nine Eight Books, the music imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has acquired Hercules!: An A-Z of Elton John from acclaimed music journalist, broadcaster and author, Mick Wall.

Pete Selby, publishing director, acquired World rights from Matthew Hamilton at the Matthew Hamilton Agency.

Comprising a vivid and varied series of miniature biographies, revealing profiles, thought-provoking essays and a multitude of previously unknown anecdotes and quotes, Hercules!: The A to Z of Elton John is the perfect compendium for the casual fan or devoted connoisseur, providing a funny, comprehensive and fully alphabetised overview of the star’s life and music.

Charting the highs and lows, from major record releases and significant tours to strokes of genius and the bottoms of the barrels, this insightful portrait will cover serious subjects such as Elton’s battle with the media, his highly publicised addictions, his route to sobriety, his tangled love life and his struggles to come to terms with his sexuality, hair loss and temper. But, as Elton himself always does so well in the hundreds of interviews he has given over the past half-century, his stories will also be told frankly and humorously, his demons now conquered and his success unrelenting.

Publishing to coincide with Elton’s final UK tour, Hercules! is a joyride through one of the all-time greatest musical catalogues from a brilliant, versatile, glamorous and universally loved pop superstar.

Mick Wall is one of the world’s best-known music journalists and broadcasters. The author of more than twenty-five internationally best-selling biographies and ghosted memoirs, his writing has also appeared in The Times, the Mail on SundayThe Observer, the Sunday ExpressMojoClassic RockRolling Stone and dozens of newspapers and magazines globally. His music business career began over forty years ago and has seen him work, variously, as artist manager, record-company executive, publicity director and tour coordinator.

Pete Selby, publishing director of Nine Eight Books, said: ““I’m delighted to be able to announce the second in our series of A-Z gifting titles, this time diving into the life and career of Pinner’s finest, Sir Elton Hercules John. The esteemed Mick Wall is our loquacious guide down the yellow brick road, exploring over 50 years of excess and extravagance, from the more curious corners of Elton’s story to the big hits and even bigger personality of one of our most magnificent musical titans”

Hercules! An A-Z of Elton John will publish in hardback in September 2023.