Moby to follow ancestor Herman Melville into print with memoir

The bohemian turned pop star’s book has already won pre-publication praise from Salman Rushdie and Dave Eggers

The musician Moby is following in the footsteps of his long-distant ancestor Herman Melville and turning to the literary arena, with a memoir due out next summer and already drawing praise from the likes of Salman Rushdie and Dave Eggers.

Born Richard Melville Hall, Moby was given his nickname as a child by his parents, in reference to the whale dreamed up by the author who is said to be his great-great-great uncle. His memoir, which has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the literary publisher Faber, and is due out next June, will be a “piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account” of how he moved “from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success”, said the publisher.

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