Johnny Ball to set puzzles for Icon

Icon Books has acquired a maths and puzzle book by numbers guru Johnny Ball, based on his slot on his daughter Zoe Ball's Saturday Morning Show on BBC Radio 2. 

Managing director Simon Flynn commissioned the title, Ball of Confusion, acquiring world rights directly from Ball for a five-figure advance, with Icon to publish in October 2011 as a £12.99, b-format hardback.

The book will include a foreword from Zoe Ball, and will be made up of maths puzzles, as featured on the radio show, with new problems that Ball also reveals the solutions to.

Flynn said: "We're absolutely delighted to have secured this book-we've all been massive fans of Johnny's since his incredibly influential BBC TV series in the '80s. As always, Johnny brings his wonderfully infectious enthusiasm to presenting and explaining the huge variety of puzzles that he has featured on Zoe's Radio 2 show. Indeed, there are puzzles to be solved in the twinkling of an eye, and puzzles that will furrow the thinking brow for hours."