Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story


Initially published: 2022-11-01
Author: Bono


Bono’s autobiography has been in the works for seven years. It was just announced officially on May 10, 2022. At this time we’ve done our best to try to answer some frequently asked questions we have been seeing below…

When is it out?

The release date for the book is November 1, 2022. It was announced on May 10, 2022.

Who wrote the book?

Bono is the author of the book. Unlike previous books about Bono / U2 where someone else was doing the writing, this book is an autobiography.

What years do the book cover?

The book covers Bono’s entire life up until recently. Although the book was planned to be published last fall at one point, we do know additional writing was done throughout last year. So the book should cover up until the most recent years.

What is the layout of the book

We know that there are forty chapters. Each chapter will be named after a U2 song title. Bono has also done 40 illustrations for the interior of the book. Beyond that, we have little information. A graphic on the site in Bono’s handwriting reads “A book of how, who & a bit of why. A MEmoir WEmoir, luminous times with some luminous lives. Confessions of an artist, activist, arsehole, actualist”. This will also appear on the back cover of the book.

What is the cover?

The cover is a close up photo of Bono’s face taken in 1985 by Anton Corbijn. The yellow text on the book cover is in Bono’s handwriting, like other ‘doodles’ he’s done over the years.

What formats will be available

  • Hardcover: This will be the main format available initially. Once a hardcover has sold for a while, a publisher will typically do a softcover run for the mass market.
  • e-Book: The book will be available on the day of release as a digital download through most online book stores that provide e-Books.
  • Softcover with big Print: In North America there is a softcover version of the book being advertised with big print for those of us with poorer vision.
  • Audiobook: A twelve hour audiobook is being prepared with Bono reading his book. This will be available as a digital download or also on a CD version. (The runtime is over 20 hours.)
  • Limited Print: U2.Com has emailed subscribers in the US, UK, and Ireland with news of a limited photo print (5×7”) which will be available with hardcover versions of the book. The photo appears to be the same in each region. We are not aware of this being available in other countries.

Will the book formats be the same in each country?

No there are usually differences in different countries. The book in the US and Canada is showing slight differences from the version in the UK and Ireland.

  • US / Canada: 576 Pages, 228mm x 155mm
  • UK / Ireland: 576 Pages, 240mm x 162mm

The text will be the same in both. The “Large font” softcover version will have 563 pages. (Originally listings were showing a much shorter page count for UK / Ireland but this has been updated as we have gotten closer to publication.)

Who is publishing the book?

The following is a list of publishers who are listed as publishing the book on

  • UK and Ireland: Hutchinson Heinemann
  • Canada: Doubleday Canada
  • Spain and Latin America: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
  • Germany: Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur
  • France: Editions Fayard
  • Brazil: Editora Intrinseca
  • Portugal: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
  • Italy: Mondadori Libri
  • Poland: Wydawnictwo Agora
  • Finland: Tammi Publishers
  • Denmark: Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag
  • Sweden: Bokforlaget Polaris AB
  • Norway: Cappelen Damm
  • The Netherlands: A.W. Bruna Uitgevers

My country isn’t on the list above will we get the book?

Yes, the book will be available worldwide. If your country isn’t listed above, it is likely you will be getting a copy of the book that has been printed in another country. Australia for instance will be getting copies printed by Hutchinson Heinemann, the same as UK and Ireland.

Will the book be available in languages other than English?

Yes, there will be translated versions of the book. We’ve listed the versions we know about at this point below. We’ve included an ISBN number, but there may be different formats in each country, so please have a look around locally to identify the version you are looking for prior to purchasing.


  • Translated by Jakob Levinsen
  • Surrender: 40 sange, én historie
  • November 1, 2022
  • Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag
  • 9788774674085


  • Translated by Robert Neugarten
  • Surrender: 40 songs, één verhaal
  • November 1, 2022
  • A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
  • 9789044934571


  • Translated by Tero Valkonen
  • Surrender: 40 laulua, yksi elämä
  • November 1, 2022
  • Tammi Publishing
  • 9789520409982


  • Translated by Julie Sibony
  • Surrender: 40 chansons, une histoire
  • November 2, 2022
  • Les Editions Fayard
  • 9782213712956


  • Translated by Charlotte Breuer and Norbert Möllemann
  • Surrender, 40 songs, eine geschichte
  • November 1, 2022
  • Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur
  • 9783426278055


  • Surrender. 40 canzoni, una storia
  • November 2, 2022
  • Mondadori


  • Translated by Paweł Lipszyc
  • Surrender: 40 piosenek, jedna opowieść
  • November 23, 2022
  • Wydawnictwo Agora
  • ISBN


  • Translated by Ana Luísa Almeida (Portugal Version)
  • Translated by Rogerio W. Galindo (Brazil Version)
  • Surrender: 40 músicas, uma história
  • November 1, 2022
  • Penguin, Portugal, 9789897846267
  • Intrínseca, Brazil, 9786555603576


  • Translated by Gunnar Nyquist
  • Surrender: 40 låter, én historie
  • November 1, 2022
  • Cappelen Damm
  • 9788202632199


  • Translated by Ana Mata Buil
  • November 3, 2022
  • Surrender: 40 canciones, una historia
  • Vintage Espanol / Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
  • 9788418897603


  • Swedish, Translated by Cecilia Berglund Barklem
  • Surrender: 40 låtar, en berättelse
  • November 1, 2022
  • Bokförlaget Polaris
  • 9789177951582

Where Can I find out more?

The website for the book itself is

Do we know what the 40 songs are?

The full list of chapters in Bono’s memoir Surrender are listed here.