The former child star and Genesis frontman, who is preparing for his first live shows in six years, will publish his autobiography in October (16).

Poking fun at the many death hoaxes that have swirled around himself for years, the new tome will be titled Not Dead Yet.

In it, Collins promises to "talk honestly" about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health.

Announcing the book news on Wednesday (15Jun16), the 65-year-old songwriter writes: "This autobiography has been on my mind for a few years, and I decided that now was the time. Things had happened in my personal life that caused me to take stock.

"In many respects I've had a dream life. I've been incredibly lucky, but I've also worked extremely hard. I've collaborated with some of my heroes, written songs that people have liked, and wildly surpassed my initial hope to make a living as a drummer.

"Throughout, there have been lots of highs, and more than a few lows. I'm being completely honest about all of them, embarrassingly so in some cases. Some things might amuse people, some will surprise them. Horrify them, even."

Collins recently reconciled with his last wife, Orianne Cevey, in Miami, Florida, where he is embarking on a career comeback.

The memoir will be published by Century in hardback, audio and Ebook form on 20 October (16).

Phil came out of retirement last year (15) and played his first solo gig in six years at a charity event in Miami. His return to the limelight was greeted with a petition asking him not to return, which gathered more than 4,000 signatures.