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Phil Collins: The time is right to release my autobiography

Phil Collins is set to bring out an autobiography because he feels the time is finally "right".

The 64-year-old musician rose to fame as the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis. Collins went on to success as a solo artist, with hits including In The Air Tonight and Against All Odds.

Collins said: "Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right - until now.

"Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view - warts and all!"

Collins is one of just three recording artists in history to sell over 100 million albums both as a solo artist and as a member of a band, alongside Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

He has won seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for You'll Be In My Heart from the Disney film Tarzan.

Born in London, he has been married and divorced three times, and has five children.

Penguin Random House has obtained a World Rights deal. The book will be published in the UK by Century, part of Cornerstone Publishing within the Random House Group.

Publishing director Ben Dunn said: "Phil Collins' autobiography is one of the last great untold stories, and is something we've all been desperate to read. The early material is simply breathtaking, and I am honoured to be his publisher."

:: The book will be published in October 2016.

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