Hodder & Stoughton signs Jamie Roberts' autobiography

Hodder & Stoughton signs Jamie Roberts' autobiography

Hodder & Stoughton has signed Welsh rugby star Jamie Roberts' autobiography, which has been described by the publisher as "revealing". 

Roberts was selected to play for the Lions at the age of 22. He has been a Lions "Man of the Series", a double Grand Slam winner, a Six Nations champion and a World Cup semi-finalist. Alongside his career, he studied for four degrees, including one in medicine. In 2008, when he fractured his skull, he made a self-diagnosis that may have saved his life, Hodder said. 

Centre Stage, written with author Ross Harries, will delve into Roberts' "innermost emotions" from the joy of being selected for the Lions to the "tumbling despair" of losing his Wales place after 10 years. The sportsman will also reveal the nature of his relationships with Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards, and the power struggles within Wales’ most successful squad. And he’ll address the "searing criticism" Wales faced for their "one-dimensional game plan" and the notion that his personal game regressed in order to fit the formula.

Roberts said: "I’m extremely grateful to Hodder for providing the opportunity to document my career in an autobiography. I’ve had the immense privilege of playing in some great teams alongside some brilliant people, under quality coaches and across many different countries. What seemed quite a daunting and challenging task was made easy through Ross’ understanding and brilliant writing ability."

Roddy Bloomfield made the deal for world rights directly with the authors. Centre Stage will be published in hardback, e-book and audio on 4th November.

Bloomfield said: "Since 2008 I have been closely following Jamie Roberts’ phenomenal rise to such distinction in the world of rugby. To have accomplished so much for his clubs, for Wales and for the Lions as well as qualifying as a doctor is almost beyond belief. Hodder are, of course, honoured to be publishing Jamie’s autobiography, a book that is very revealing about his character and his astonishing ambition, as well as about the relentless demands of professional rugby at the top level."