Penguin Michael Joseph will publish a new book from Jeremy Clarkson this November, featuring columns written about his farming life, alongside illustrations.
In Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm, Clarkson “takes readers with him on his extraordinary introduction to life as a farmer, as he has to contend with red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to ‘do farming’”. Penguin Michael Joseph bought world rights in all languages and the book will be released in hardback and e-book in November 2021.
The publisher said: “In this gorgeously illustrated new collection of columns, Jeremy tells the story of how he traded in fast cars and city living for a new life in the country.”
“Clarkson’s Farm”, the new Amazon Prime TV series about the presenter's farming life, was a huge hit for the channel and has been recommissioned for a second series. He said: “I love writing about farming, but I love doing it even more.”
His editor, publishing director Rowland White, added: “Time will tell whether or not Jeremy becomes a great farmer. Fortunately, he’s always been a great writer.”
Clarkson's most recent book for Penguin Michael Joseph, Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?, was released last October. In the UK he has sold 6.3 million print books for £47m in the Nielsen BookScan era. His bestseller is The World According to Clarkson (Penguin), on 1.4 million copies sold in paperback.