The musician has penned a six-page proposal for a tome called This Book is a Song, which will reportedly combine biographical details, essays, illustrations and photographs.

According to editors at Britain's The Bookseller website, London publishing house Jonathan Cape closed a "six-figure" deal with Jarvis' literary agent Monica Carmona on Wednesday night (15Mar17).

Bosses at eight publishing houses are said to have bid on the book at the London Book Fair event, but Jonathan Cape's publishing director Michal Shavit won the battle to publish Jarvis' writings.

Jonathan Cape staff posted The Bookseller's story on Twitter wrote, "We are SO excited to share this news!"

One publisher who missed out on signing up Jarvis told The Guardian that the figures being bid for the rights to the Common People singer's book were "scary" for a work that was not a straightforward memoir.

Jarvis is not the only Britpop legend to sign a major book deal, as last week (end12Mar17) ex-Suede frontman Brett Anderson sold the publishing rights to his memoir Coal Black Mornings to the Little, Brown publishing house.

His book will go on sale in the spring of next year (18), while Jarvis' book is yet to receive a release date.