Elton John to write charity book

The pop star is to publish a book raising awareness and funds for his AIDS charity

Pop icon Sir Elton John is to turn from piano to pen with a new book which will raise money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It is the first time that the writer of such pop classics as "Tiny Dancer" and "Rocket Man" has written a book, although he did pen a foreword to late Boyzone singer Stephen Gately’s debut children’s story The Tree of Seasons.

Love is The Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic will tell "the very personal story of Sir Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly” according to the publisher Hodder & Stoughton. John will draw on his encounters with acquaintances such as AIDS spokesperson Ryan White and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury to write the book.

The singer said he hopes the book will help inspire a "collective effort" to tackle the stigma around the epidemic. "This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, " he said.

"Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer—and to help change—by writing this book."

John has been an active campaigner tackling AIDS for the past 20 years. His foundation, which is known for its glitzy celeb bashes including the White Tie and Tiara Ball, has raised over £91m since its foundation in 1993.

Love is The Cure will be published it coincide with an international AIDS conference in July. The audiobook will also be read by Sir Elton.



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