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Nadine Shah has got a book deal

21 June 2021, 11:12 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Nadine Shah has a new book coming out via Bonnier Books UK's new music imprint Nine Eight Books, which is about "fame and grief and human behaviour".

As Music Week reports, Nine Eight Books, the new music imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has launched today (21 June), and publishing director Pete Selby has confirmed that Nadine Shah and Lush's Miki Berenyi are among the artists set to release a book.

Speaking about Shah and her upcoming, currently untitled book, Selby said, "Nadine is just an incredible artist. And she just keeps getting better with each record. You also get the sense that she’s right on the precipice of crossing over to a more mainstream audience and I think her next album is just going to explode. She is forthright, painfully honest and completely single minded-ly focused on what she is doing. But what I really love about Nadine is that she is hilarious. And her book is really going to capture this unique voice. It’s going to examine fame and grief and human behaviour in a heart-wrenching fashion but it’s also going to be funny and jaw-dropping. I fear our lawyers are going to have a field day with the manuscript! It’s going to have genuine water cooler, crossover appeal."

Shah wrote of the book on Twitter, "Baby got a book deal! (I’m not done writing it yet so there’s still plenty time for me to immortalise how great or shit you are in print)."

He added of Berenyi's memoir, "I believe it’s an objective truth that the best books from the alternative music scene over recent years – actually, any scene – have been written by women. It’s like the traditional male rock n’ roll narrative has finally been repointed and it’s one of the best things to happen to music publishing this century. We’ll absolutely play our part in continuing to drive this forward at Nine Eight. And to that end, Miki’s was the right at the top of my wish list and the first author I met for a coffee last summer. She’s such an iconic musician and she has an incredible story. In the light of the industry questioning some of its previous morals and motives with the overdue hindsight of 2021 vision, it’s also one that seems even more pertinent now. Viv Albertine’s Clothes, Music, Boys is the perfect comparison – a raw and honest reflection of growing up and life in a band in a male dominated industry. Various members of groups on the 1992 US Lollapalooza tour may want to avert their gaze."

Nadine Shah's book is yet to be finished, but will be released via Nine Eight Books when it is. Last summer Shah released her Kitchen Sink album.
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