Taylor Swift fans will be disappointed to learn the singer is not the anonymous author behind a non-fiction book due for release in July.
Last week, an anonymous book quietly arrived on bookseller websites under the name “4C Untitled Flatiron Nonfiction Summer 2023”. It is scheduled for release on 9 July, with the author thought to be revealed before then.
Super-sleuth fans of Swift’s soon began speculating that the book was in fact a memoir written by the 33-year-old artist, following a number of perceived “Easter eggs” in her recent social media posts.
As a result, the book flew up the charts in pre-orders. The 544-page work is currently the No 1 pre-ordered book on the Barnes and Noble website, and reportedly peaked at the No 2 position on Amazon’s pre-release chart.
However, The Independent can confirm that the book has not been authored by Swift.
Swift, who is known for dropping hidden clues about her forthcoming projects on her social media, last week hinted at a significance to 9 July while announcing that Speak Now would be the next re-recorded album she releases.
Swift said that Speak Now would be out on 7 July, “just in time for July 9th, IYKYK (if you know, you know) [laugh emoji]”.
However, the date 9 July holds special significance for the “Love Story” singer, as it is referenced in the Speak Now track “Last Kiss”.
It fills me with such pride and joy to announce that my version of Speak Now will be out July 7 (just in time for July 9th, iykyk 😆) I first made Speak Now, completely self-written, between the ages of 18 and 20. The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their… pic.twitter.com/oa0Vs5kszr
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 6, 2023
Swift is currently touring the US on her Eras tour and will be playing shows around the date of 9 July.
Her re-recorded Speak Now album, released on 7 July, is the latest album in her mission to gain back control of her back catalogue following a rights dispute with producer Scooter Braun.
Since 2021, she has released “Taylor’s Versions” of her albums Fearless and Red.