LONDON — Nicola Sturgeon will “reveal the person behind the politics” in an upcoming memoir, the publisher Pan Macmillan announced Wednesday.
The as-yet-untitled memoir will tell the story of the former Scottish first minister’s childhood and career in politics, which saw her become the country’s longest serving minister at a time when the pro-independence Scottish National Party enjoyed electoral dominance. The memoir is due for release in 2025.
“It will detail her interactions with a range of notable figures, giving her unique perspective on the most eventful and tumultuous era in modern Scottish and British politics,” a pan MacMillan statement read.
“The result will be a deeply personal and revealing memoir from one of Britain’s most significant political leaders of recent times,” the publisher added.
Though it didn’t reveal how much Sturgeon will earn for the book, the publisher said the rights to publish her memoir had been subject to a “hotly contested, nine-publisher auction.”
Sturgeon quit as first minister and leader of the SNP in February, citing the personal toll the job had taken on her life. But her resignation came at a time when her SNP had become increasingly divided over domestic policy and on its strategy for achieving Scottish independence — and as a long-running police probe into its internal finances ramped up.
The former first minister said she would aim to reflect “on the challenges of being a woman in politics and reveal more about the person behind the politician.”
“I will talk about what I am proud of and be frank about my regrets,” she added.
The SNP has been rocked by the Police Scotland probe into the party’s finances, which has derailed the fledgling leadership of her successor Humza Yousaf.
In the months following Sturgeon’s sudden resignation, the Scottish police force moved to arrest senior figures in connection with the investigation. Sturgeon, her husband (and former SNP chief executive) Peter Murrell and the party’s former treasurer Colin Beattie were all arrested and then subsequently released as the probe continues.
The release by Pan MacMillan did not say whether Sturgeon would address the investigation in her memoir.