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A new book of Nick Drake's life and work is to be published, with a deluxe edition featuring five previously unreleased recordings.

Nick Drake: Remembered for a While is the title of the first authorised book on the musician and it has been compiled and edited by his sister Gabrielle Drake over a six-year period.

There will be a standard hardback edition, but the book will also be available as a signature boxed edition, including a 10-inch vinyl record featuring the rare tracks.

The new recordings are culled from a 1969 BBC John Peel session, recorded while Drake was writing his second album, Bryter Layter. The songs featured are all versions of well-known Drake classics: Time of No Reply, River Man, Three Hours, Bryter Layter and Cello Song.

Nick’s sister, the actress Gabrielle Drake starred in the science fiction TV series UFO in the early 1970s. Later she starred in Crossroads and a plethora of television series including The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

"Nick is evanescent, yet ever-present to me," Gabrielle says of her brother. "(He is) inextricably woven into the fabric of my life, yet rarely appearing in sharp focus - except in his music. Listening to it, I am still overwhelmed by the immediacy of his presence: by melancholy and delight, by amusement (because Nick could be very funny), by bafflement and grief, by love."

The book features extracts from Drake's letters to his parents and a selection of handwritten lyrics, including some lyrics to songs for which the recordings have never been found. The book is to be published on November 6, 40 years since the singer died from an overdose of antidepressants. It will be published by John Murray.

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