The late Paul Newman never published a memoir during his life – but one is heading our way next year, based on hours of recordings he made.

It was back in 2008 that the wonderful Paul Newman passed away, at the age of 83. He left behind a body of work few actors can come close to equalling, but also, not much of a telling of his own story. As it turns out though, Newman had been recording the history of his life. These audio recordings have now resurfaced, and his family have decided to do something with them. As such, his memoir is going to be published next year, 15 years after he died.

Newman started his recordings decades ago with the help of Stewart Stern, who himself passed away just over five years ago.

The book is now in the hands of Peter Gethers, an editor at publishers Knopf. He’s compiled the text, which is described as 80% memoir, and the rest based on conversations that Stern had with friends and family of Newman.

The book is due next autumn. Next year also sees diaries of the late, great Alan Rickman published posthumously as well. No release date on those at the moment.

New York Times

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