Suede's Brett Anderson is to publish a follow-up to his acclaimed memoir, Coal Black Mornings.
Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn will be published by Little, Brown in autumn 2019. The book will be Anderson’s account of the height of Suede’s popularity and his short-lived creative partnership with Bernard Butler. It will also “unflinchingly” explore his relationship with addiction.
The Bookseller reports that the hardback of Coal Black Mornings, which is a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, has sold around 7,500 copies in hardback via Nielsen Bookscan. The paperback edition is out in January 2019.
Coal Black Mornings was written alongside the band’s new album, The Blue Hour, their highest charting album in almost 20 years.
Anderson’s first memoir, published in March, was a critically acclaimed pre-history of Suede, including his impoverished childhood in Haywards Heath and relationship with Justine Frischmann. The singer also expressed concerns about how the new streaming landscape has made it difficult for the next generation of indie bands to flourish.
Richard Beswick, publisher at Little, Brown, has acquired world rights to the sequel memoir.
He said: "Brett Anderson’s honesty, [as someone] sharply self-aware and articulate, makes this a compelling autobiography, and a brilliant insight into one of the most significant bands of the last quarter century."
Like the music industry, the book publishing industry is entering its own busy Q4 period with new titles from Lily Allen, Noel Gallagher and John Niven.