Comedian and actor Steve Coogan has struck a deal to publish his autobiography.
In what promises to be an absorbing read, the Alan Partridge star and campaigner for press reform – who has been the subject of more than his fair share of tabloid intrusion into his private life – will release the book next year. The 47-year-old has already published a spoof autobiography by his alter ego, entitled I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan.
News of the book may surprise Coogan watchers who have noted the safeguarding of his own privacy during his campaigning against press intrusion and his testimony at the Leveson inquiry.
Last year the News of the World’s publishers apologised to Coogan and paid him £40,000 damages for hacking his phone.
The memoir will be published by Cornerstone in September 2014 in hardback, with a paperback the following year.
Ben Dunn, Cornerstone’s publishing director who has acquired the rights, told the Press Association: “I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing Steve’s autobiography; it’s the book I’ve always wanted to work on and I absolutely can’t wait to get started.”
Coogan said: “I’m delighted to be writing my memoir. It promises to be a sojourn through the faltering first steps of a lower middle-class boy who watched television to the dizzy heights of a man who achieved not only a multi-Bafta-winning status on television but also became fully middle-class and managed to annoy the Daily Mail at the same time. Wow.”
Along with Alan Partridge, Coogan’s TV success has involved his characters Paul and Pauline Calf and the former rock roadie Tommy Saxondale. His films include 24 Hour Party People and A Cock And Bull Story, with the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa set for release in August.