Michael Joseph will publish “Countryfile” presenter and journalist John Craven’s memoir, Headlines and Hedgerows, in July.
Daniel Bunyard, head of non-fiction, acquired world rights from Jo Carlton at Talent4 Media. The book will be published in hardback and eBook in July 2019.
“In this funny, moving and nostalgic memoir, John Craven recounts his childhood, the high points and low points of one of the longest broadcast careers in history, and the people, family and animals in his own life that have shaped it,” the synopsis reads.
“Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, John was a friendly and reassuring guide to the big wide world as the presenter and co-creator of the world’s first news programme for children, 'Newsround'. Then, for a new audience, in 1989, John hosted his first episode of ‘Countryfile’ - a hugely popular show that he’s now presented for almost three decades.”
Bunyard said: “Having the chance to work with John has been a huge privilege. Whether through John Craven’s ‘Newsround’, ‘Swap Shop’ or ‘Countryfile’, generations of Britons have grown up with him as a familiar and reassuring voice and face in their living rooms. As a broadcaster, John’s career has been characterised by his warm, gentle and witty approach; as a writer, he brings all these qualities to the page, to tell a story that is by turns moving, insightful and funny.”
Craven said: “Throughout my career my aim has been to pass on information in reasonably short chunks so writing this book was quite a challenge, albeit a most enjoyable one.
“I count myself tremendously fortunate to have survived for so long in an industry which is notoriously fickle but which has given me the opportunity to travel the world and meet some amazing people, among them a future saint. It has also allowed me to explain the news to millions of children and to provide a window into rural life. I hope you enjoy wandering with me down a memory lane that I am so glad, so grateful to have trod.”