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Ringo Starr publishes octopus book

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is publishing a children's book based on the band's song Octopus's Garden.

The track, which first featured on the 1969 Abbey Road album, was written after the drummer stayed on a yacht belonging to actor Peter Sellers in Sardinia and had a conversation with the boat's captain about the creatures.

Ringo has teamed up with illustrator Ben Cort to work on the book.

He said: "It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon and Schuster for the further adventures of Octopus's Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo."

The book will be published in October as a hardback and as a CD containing a reading of the story and an unreleased track by the musician.

Ingrid Selberg, children's publisher at Simon and Schuster UK, said: "As an original Beatles fan, publishing this book is a dream come true for me.

"By bringing Ben Cort on board, we have arranged the perfect marriage of a truly child-friendly text, based on Ringo's popular song, with illustrations that revel in the imaginative opportunities presented by the lyrics. This is a beautiful and funny book that children, parents and grandparents will love sharing."

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