Hodder & Stoughton has revealed it has bought world rights to Henry Blofeld’s memoir on the same day the cricket broadcasting legend has announced his retirement.
Hodder’s sports editor Roddy Bloomfield acquired world rights to Over and Out from Ralph Brünjes of ebp ltd, which is set for a 19th October 2017 release.
Blofeld announced his retirement aged 77 today (23rd June), after 45 years of commentating on Test Match cricket. His final show on BBC Radio 4's Test Match Special will be when England host West Indies on 7th September.
Blofeld played first-class cricket matches for Cambridge University in the 1950s and after an “unfulfilling” three year stint in banking, moved into sports journalism in the 1960s before joining TMS in 1972.
A spokesperson for Hodder said: “Henry Blofeld is a national treasure. His voice is the sound of summer to cricket lovers all over the world, and this book is a celebration of his career commentating on the sport he loves.”
The book will be packed with “behind-the-scenes anecdotes” and stories told in “Henry’s inimitable style”, they added.
The broadcaster is also set to tour with his book this Autumn with fellow Hodder author Graeme Swann.
The Great British Spin Off Tour begins at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering on 26th September and ends at the Lyric Theatre, London on 13th November.
Between theatre dates Henry Blofeld will be visiting bookshops and literary festivals across the UK for signings and events.
The full schedule can be found at: www.thegreatbritishspinoff.co.uk/tour