Bono is set to release a memoir chronicling his childhood and rise to fame with U2 

Bono is set to release a memoir titled Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story this November.

The book, named after a song on U2’s 1983 album War, will be composed of 40 chapters – all named after the band’s hits – and will each feature original drawings by the musician.

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, will chronicle his childhood growing up in Dublin – including the death of his mother when he was 14 – as well as his rise to fame with U2 and his activism against HIV/AIDS and poverty. 

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New release: Bono is set to release a memoir titled Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story this November 

In a statement, he said: ‘When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs. 

‘The people, places, and possibilities in my life. Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me.

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‘Growing up in Ireland in the seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. 

‘A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. 

Memoir: The book, named after a song on U2’s 1983 album War, will be composed of 40 chapters – all named after the band’s hits – and will each feature original drawings by the musician

‘Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress . . . With a fair amount of fun along the way.’

Bono will also narrate the audio version of the book, which is being published by Alred A. Knopf on November 1.

Bono met his bandmates the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton at school in Dublin.

Content: Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, will chronicle his childhood growing up in Dublin – including the death of his mother when he was 14 – as well as his rise to fame with U2 and his activism against HIV/AIDS and poverty 

He wrote U2’s first single on his 18th birthday and their debut album Boy was released two years later. 

They achieved their first UK number one album with War in 1983 and their fifth album The Joshua Tree, released in 1987, brought them to worldwide prominence. 

U2 is one of the most successful bands in history and has sold more than 157 million albums and won 22 Grammy Awards.

Success: U2 is one of the most successful bands in history and has sold more than 157 million albums and won 22 Grammy Awards (pictured L-R Adam Clayton, Bono, the Edge and Larry Mullen Jr in 2019)