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Former President Mary Robinson to write memoirs

Former Irish President Mary Robinson has signed a lucrative book deal with international publishers to write her autobiography, in a deal likely to be worth well over €1m.

After a bidding war between nine major publishing houses finished at the weekend, Mrs Robinson agreed the terms for her memoir which will be titled Everybody Matters. It will be published in 2012.

The book will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Commonwealth countries, Bloomsbury USA in America, and Hachette Ireland in the Republic.

A spokesman for Hodder said yesterday that there had been “a keenly fought auction with eight other publishers”.

No financial details of the deal have been revealed but it is likely to be worth well over €1m.

Mrs Robinson is not only a former President of Ireland but a leading figure in international affairs and the book will have a global readership.

While the interest in her book may not be in the same ballpark as the memoirs by Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, it will be significant.

One of the world's most respected campaigners for human rights, Mrs Robinson gained international attention as the first woman President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights under Kofi Annan from 1997 to 2002.

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