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Mitch Winehouse, the father of recently deceased singing star Amy Winehouse, has signed a deal to write Amy: My Daughter.
Lisa Sharkey, senior vp at Harper Collins, announced the book deal Monday. It Books, Harper Collin’s celebrity-themed imprint, will publish the book in North America and Harper Non-fiction will publish in the United Kingdom. The book will be released sometime during summer 2012.
Winehouse, the British singer-songwriter with the vintage husky soul sound and the very modern scandal-a-day tabloid image, was found dead in her London apartment July 23. She was 27.
Mitch Winehouse promises to tell the whole story of his daughter’s life, from her mischievous early years to her rise to stardom to her death. He will discuss her much-publicized struggles with addiction and substance abuse as well. His aim is to make the book a fitting tribute to his daughter.
“I feel that I need to write this book to tell the true story of Amy and to help with my personal recovery,” he said.
Winehouse is donating all his proceeds from the book to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity he founded after Amy’s death to help children and young adults, especially those who suffer from addiction.
“Amy Winehouse could have been anyone’s daughter,” Sharkey said. “She was Mitch’s pride and joy. and he did everything he could to save her life. … This will surely be the definitive book about Amy. Nobody else could write it.”
Mitch Winehouse was jointly represented by the U.S.-based Robin Straus and the London-based Hanbury Agency. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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