John Humphrys memoir to William Collins

Rights - NonFiction Thursday, 07 February 2019

Veteran Today presenter's book deal announced after news of his departure from flagship Radio 4 new programme revealed


Arabella Pike, publishing director of William Collins, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from Luigi Bonomi at LBA in a 'major' deal.

According to the acquisition statement: 'Provisionally titled The Today File, the book will chart the course of John’s life from his Cardiff childhood through the ups and downs of his life as a journalist covering Watergate and apartheid South Africa, his time presenting BBC 9’O Clock News and his thirty-two years holding politicians to account on Radio 4’s Today - the nation’s most popular news programme.

'The book will offer a behind-the-scenes account of working on the Today Programme with his insights and stories about major politicians, figures in the news, celebrities, the BBC, as well as his trenchant view on the role of the media in politics and the health of the political system.'

Pike said: "John Humphrys is the king of news broadcasting. He is famed for his tough interviewing, and his other qualities: his deep suspicion of authority in all its forms, his passionate commitment to various causes and his ferocious intellect. They inform everything he does.

"He’s written important books about language, religion and our right to die in a dignified manner. Now he turns his pen to his own life. The book is engaging, opinionated and gives a revealing view of some the great events of the last sixty years from his unique perspective. We are excited to publish later this year."

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