Here's to you and your €1m book deal, Mrs Robinson
FORMER 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 was concluded at the weekend, Mrs Robinson agreed the terms for her memoir which will be titled 'Everybody Matters' and will be published in 2012.
The book will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in Britain and Commonwealth countries, by Bloomsbury USA in America, and by Hachette Ireland at home.
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.
Mr Clinton got $12m (€9.5m) for his memoir and Mr Blair has gotten over £4m (€4.8m) for his book, so Mrs Robinson's deal is unlikely to be worth less than €1m and could be worth substantially more.
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.
A spokesman for Hodder said that Mrs Robinson is writing the book herself and no ghost writer will be involved. She will be guided by Hodder & Stoughton's senior editor in London, Rowena Webb.
Ms Webb said yesterday: "Mary Robinson has long been one of my heroes. I know she will write an important and inspiring book and it's a huge privilege to be helping her to bring it to the widest possible readership."