Veteran cricket commentator Henry Blofeld will release an autobiography next year after a deal with HarperCollins imprint Blue Door.
Publisher Patrick Janson-Smith (pictured) bought world rights for the memoir for a high five-figure sum, after a four-way auction.
The deal was brokered by literary agent Piers Blofeld, nephew of Henry, and an agent at Sheil Land Associates.
Janson-Smith said: “When your author calls you and opens the conversation with ‘My dear old thing…’, you’re immediately transported to Test Match Special - to my mind, the greatest show on earth - and the world seems an altogether better place. Blowers is a national treasure and I feel immensely privileged to be his publisher. His legions of fans are going to lap up his autobiography next Christmas.”
The as-yet-untitled book will be be released in autumn, during a year which will see another Ashes tournament and the Cricket World Cup.
Piers Blofeld said: “I couldn’t have found a more knowledgeable or committed champion of Henry’s cause than Patrick – or a bigger cricket fan - and I am thrilled that he and his team have shown such enthusiasm for this book.”
Henry Blofeld was a successful school boy cricketer, captaining Eton, before he ultimately turned to sports journalism. In 1972 he began working on Radio 4’s Test Match Special, a role he still holds, and is famous for his tone of voice and anecdote-rich delivery.