Documentary maker Louis Theroux announces new book Gotta Get Theroux This

Louis Theroux has announced he'll be releasing a new book about his television career that will hit shelves in September.

Cleverly titled Gotta Get Theroux This, the famed documentary maker's third book focuses on his career, which began with a one-off opportunity on Michael Moore's TV Nation in 1994.

Theroux's previous works, The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures and May Contain Traces of Nuts, have been largely based on extra observations about the strange characters he encountered when making his television programmes.

This time, however, it seems the focus is on the man himself.

 "Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey through his life and unexpectedly successful career," the book's synopsis reads.

"Nervously accepting the BBC's offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in worlds as diverse as racist US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg and extreme drinkers in London."

Theroux, who will bring his stage show to New Zealand in January next year, told his Twitter followers he'd been working on the project for 18 months.

"Excited to announce #GottaGetTherouxThis (!) will be here Sep 19. It's about me, how I got into TV, highlights, lowlights, inbetweenlights."

The book also promises to touch on the celebrities Theroux covered in his When Louis Met series. In particular, Jimmy Savile, who was accused of multiple acts of sexual abuse against children and adults after his death.

"Blindsided when the revelations about Savile came to light, Louis was to reflect again on the nature of evil he had spent decades uncovering," the blurb read.

Theroux's most recent programme, Mothers On The Edge, follows women facing extreme postpartum mental illness.