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Simon Cowell biography to be published this spring

Simon Cowell, executive producer and a judge on "The X Factor," poses for photographers at a world premiere screening event for the new television series, Sept. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles. AP

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A biography of "The X Factor'' judge Simon Cowell is coming soon.

Ballantine Books announced Thursday that it will publish Tom Bower's "Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell" in the spring. According to Ballantine, an imprint of Random House Inc., Bower has had "hundreds of hours" of access to Cowell.

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The book will also include "direct contributions" from Cowell's friends and foes.

The acerbic 52-yearold Brit was a judge on Fox's "American Idol" for nine seasons. He left "Idol" to launch his British-born hit series "The X Factor" in the U.S. It debuted on Fox this fall. He also Cowell is the executive producer of "America's Got Talent," which debuted in June 2006.

Cowell has been engaged to make up artist Mezhgan Hussainy since February.

The 65-year-old British author has written 19 books, including biographies of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and media mogul Conrad Black. Bower won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for his 2003 sports corruption investigation "Broken Dreams."

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