David Hockney's brother into print with Legend Press

Rights - NonFiction Thursday, 21 February 2019

Family memoir from John Hockney: 'John has a view of me no-one else has,' says David

Legend Press has acquired World rights for The Hockneys: Never Worry What the Neighbours Think by John Hockney. The deal was made by Legend Press’s managing director Tom Chalmers direct with the author.

According to the acquisition statement: '"Never Worry What the Neighbours Think" was the philosophy that Kenneth Hockney used to inspire his children – David Hockney, one of the world’s greatest living artists and siblings John, Paul, Philip and Margaret – to each choose their own route in life.

'The Hockneys is a never before seen insight into the lives of the family by youngest brother John, from growing up in the Second World War in Bradford through to their diverse lives across three continents. Hardship, successes as well as close and complex relationships are poignantly illustrated by both famous and private pictures and paintings from David Hockney.

'With a rare and spirited look into the lives of an ordinary family with extraordinary stories, we begin to understand the creative freedom that led to their successful careers and the launchpad for an artist’s work that has inspired and continues to inspire generations across the world.'

David Hockney has said about the book: "John has a view of me no-one else has."

John Hockney is a writer and a musician. He migrated to Australia in 1968 but has retained strong ties with his large family.

He said: "I have always been proud of my older siblings and felt the stories of individual determination to succeed and be themselves should be told. From inspiring parents, and my father’s philosophical comment, 'Never Worry What the Neighbours Think,' (aristocratic as David says); we each pursued life paths that vary. This book is dedicated to my parents Kenneth and Laura Hockney who offered us the freedom to gain knowledge, learn, and use our learning for the benefit of others."

Chalmers said: "This book is a fantastic insight into how a father’s advice inspired so many unique and fascinating lives, including that of one of the world’s most famous artists. John is a delight to work with and we are thrilled to bring his family portrayal to the world.’

The Hockneys will be published by Legend on 3 October; the rights for the novel will be represented at LBF by licensing manager Sarah Nicholson.

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