HarperNonFiction is delighted to announce the acquisition of the memoir of England and Yorkshire
cricketer Jonny Bairstow. Publishing Director Jack Fogg bought UK Commonwealth rights from David
Riding at MBA Literary Agents. Co-written with Duncan Hamilton, two-time winner of the William
Hill Sports Book award, the book will be published on 19th October.
Jonny Bairstow is one of England’s top cricketers – arguably the best wicketkeeper batsman in the
world right now following a phenomenal year of cricket in 2016 where he set countless new records
and scored more Test runs than any other wicketkeeper in history.
This is a memoir that transcends sport and centres on Jonny’s life away from the pitch. For the first
time, Jonny talks in detail about the death of his father, Yorkshire and England cricketing legend
David Bairstow, who took his own life when Jonny was a young boy. Jonny writes about how that
tragic event marked his early life, but also how the strength and resolve of his mother Janet allowed
him to forge his own incredible successful sporting career.
Fiercely honest and hugely uplifting, Jonny’s memoir will be published this autumn, just before the
Ashes tour and what will no doubt be another outstanding Test series for Jonny.
Jack Fogg says: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be publishing Jonny’s memoir. Jonny has risen from
incredibly difficult circumstances to become one of England’s most reliable and talented cricketers,
and has shown an almost inhuman strength of character to get him there. His book is one of the few
sports memoirs I’ve read that transcend the specifics of the sport and will be sure to be read and
appreciated by fans and general readers alike.’
Jonny says ‘Working with Duncan on this book has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It has
given me the opportunity to reflect on the remarkable and emotional journey that I have been on. I
am also grateful that this experience has allowed me to share some of my most cherished memories.
I am very lucky to have an extremely supportive and close family and friend network, without whose
support and guidance I would not be where I am today. I hope that when people read this book, it
will drive and inspire them to succeed in their own personal achievements, despite any obstacles
they may face. There’s no such word as can’t in my book.’
For further information: Isabel Prodger
Senior Publicity Manager