Darren Hayes Announces Memoir 'Unloveable'

20 May 2024 | 9:13 am | Mary Varvaris

'Unlovable' has been described as a “candid” and “unfiltered” portrait of Darren Hayes as he “takes control of his life story.”

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Last June, Darren Hayes – known as a solo artist and as the singer of Savage Garden – said that he’d release his debut memoir later this year.

On the weekend (18 May), Hayes officially confirmed the release, sharing the cover of his book, Unlovable, and writing “Soon” in the caption on social media. Unlovable will be released via Penguin Books on Tuesday, 5 November.

Unlovable has been described as a “candid” and “unfiltered” portrait of Darren Hayes as he “takes control of his life story.”

Darren Hayes has led a fascinating and inspiring life in the spotlight, releasing two classic albums with Savage Garden: 1997’s brilliant self-titled LP and the 1999 smash-hit, Affirmation.

One of the country's most decorated artists of all time, Savage Garden and Hayes have clocked up over 30 million albums sold globally, had two chart-topping singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, received 14 ARIA Awards, 10 APRA songwriting awards, five Top 10 albums and nine Top 10 singles. 

Aside from Savage Garden, Hayes has released five solo albums, each growing more ambitious than before. Starting with 2002’s Spin, Hayes went on to unveil The Tension And The Spark (2004), This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007), Secret Codes And Battleships (2011), and his first album in over a decade, 2022’s Homosexual.

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“But the reality of his life was much more complicated than the constraints of a three-minute pop song,” the blurb for Hayes’ upcoming book reads. “In Unlovable, for the first time, Darren recounts the events and circumstances that shaped his unique life: from childhood trauma and his journey with depression, to the dizzying heights of worldwide fame in Savage Garden, and everything in between.

“Told in his own lyrical words, Unlovable is a magical dark fairytale that reclaims the terrors and obstacles of his past to reveal the fabulous artist he has become.”

You can pre-order Unlovable here.

Penguin Books’ Non-Fiction Publisher Alison Urquhart said about working with Hayes last year, “I am thrilled to bits that we’ll be working together on this wonderful book. Darren and I have a mutual love of 80s pop music and gothic, twisted tales, and he is a remarkable and natural storyteller.

“I know that he will create something so special and a reflection of who he is both as an extraordinarily gifted artist and a remarkable human being.”