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Local publisher to give Bolt book regional run

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Regional publishing rights to Usain Bolt's new autobiography, My Story 9.58, which is already a big hit in Europe, has been snared by Kingston-based Ian Randle Publishers.

The company's managing director, Christine Randle, confirmed that her company would be publishing Bolt's autobiography in the Caribbean.

"HarperCollins UK - who Bolt signed his original publishing deal with - they came to us. They contacted us through our website and asked if we'd be interested in taking on a local edition. The answer was an easy yes. Usain Bolt is such an inspirational figure and has done so much for Jamaica. This book was an easy fit into our publishing plans and will definitely get people reading again!" said Randle.

While she was mum on the details of the deal, she did confirm that Ian Randle Publishers would be publishing the book for the entire English-speaking Caribbean. She went on to say, "This is such a major accomplishment for the company as we move to commemorate our 20th anniversary in 2011. It fits right in with our plans to present the market with some new and exciting offerings."

Bolt is currently on tour promoting My Story 9.58, but his local promotional activities in conjunction with Ian Randle Publishers, include a launch and at least two major signings which will take place in October.

My Story 9.58 chronicles the life of triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt, from his early primary school days to present time.

Bolt speaks from the heart in this revealing autobiography. From his experiences as a schoolboy athlete and his struggles with injuries, to his family life and performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Bolt recounts and shares, in his customary easy-going and candid style, his hopes and his regrets, and his plans for the future.

Inspiring and entertaining, this easy-to-read book is in full colour and contains never-before-seen photographs of Bolt at work and at play. Testimonials from those who have had a major influence in the young athlete's life are included, giving the book a truly authentic voice.

It will be available in bookstores islandwide on September 24 and in the wider Caribbean in October.

Paperback: J$2,000/US$22.95