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'EastEnders' star David Essex to release autobiography in 2012

Eddie Moon (David Essex) from EastEnders


David Essex has announced plans to release an autobiography next year.

The singer and recent EastEnders actor has signed a deal with publishers Virgin Books to release the title, which will document his four-decade career.

The currently untitled book will be released in March 2012.

Virgin Books editorial director Lorna Russell said in a statement: "David Essex is a legend, and his autobiography has all the stuff of a bestseller, from his gloriously recounted working-class childhood in the East End of London, through the crazy years of Essex mania and beyond. It's completely fascinating, and readers will love it."

Essex added: "With so many adventures I felt it was time to write them down. I hope the reader will enjoy the journey as much as I have."

The star recently said that filming his final scenes on EastEnders was "emotional".

Essex is currently touring his own show All the Fun of the Fair.

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