Ebury signs John Bishop on ageing

Rights - NonFiction Friday, 10 May 2019

How To Grow Old is 'a very funny handbook on how to face the ravages of time'


Ebury Publishing has acquired How To Grow Old, a new title from comedian and writer John Bishop, to publish this autumn. Publisher Andrew Goodfellow bought world rights from Lisa Thomas at Lisa Thomas Management.

According to the acquisition statement: 'How To Grow Old, which Ebury will publish this Christmas, is a beginner’s guide to the inevitable – a very funny handbook on how to face the ravages of time for all the fans who have grown older alongside John.

'From how to stay fit and keep a social life, to how to not become an embarrassment, it’s John with all the warm, observational wit that remains at the heart of his comedy, but with a refreshing honesty any reader will relate to.'

Goodfellow said: "We are very excited to have John join Ebury and I think this is going to be a lot of fun. John’s comedy, which never strays far from his own life, is perfect for the page and as he heads boldly into his 50s he’s got plenty to report back on what he has found."

Bishop said: "I am very happy to be publishing my new book with Ebury. It’s for anyone starting to feel the pull of time, so hopefully anyone from their 30s up will find something to relate to and laugh at. If not, you are pretending to still be 25, wearing the wrong clothes and dying your hair… so this book isn’t really for you!"

Bishop is one of Britain’s leading comedians, whose last tour Winging It played to over 500,000 people across the UK and Ireland.

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