John Blake Publishing has acquired the inspirational autobiography of Yorkshireman and road-racing legend, Ian Hutchinson, following his wave of victories at this week’s Isle of Man TT.
Hutchy: Miracle Man was commissioned by managing director, Rosie Virgo, with world rights secured from the author directly.
Hutchinson, known as “Hutchy” to his fans, has enjoyed success at the Isle of Man TT, the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, yet in spite of overwhelming odds that at one time he might never race again after an accident on the track.
Following a record-breaking summer in 2010, where he set the record for the most wins in a single Isle of Man TT festival (five in all), in September that year, he fell during a British Supersport round and was struck by another rider - breaking his left leg so badly that at one stage it was feared he might lose it. After a period of recovery, he then fractured the same leg in 2012.
He returned to win the Macau Grand Prix in 2013 and, even more remarkably, after more than 30 operations on his leg, he secured three wins at the Isle of Man TT in 2015.
Hutchy, described by his publishers at John Blake as "a brilliant rider and a kind, modest, and unassuming man" is popular with TT fans around the world and his book is pitched as an "incredible comeback story".
Virgo said: “Hutchy’s story is one of the most extraordinary in sport – we are incredibly proud and excited to be his publisher”.
Hutchy: Miracle Man will be published on 6th October 2016.