Noel "the Supervet" Fitzpatrick is to publish a follow-up to his 2018 bestselling memoir, with the TV star reflecting on how the animals he has treated in his 30 years in veterinary medicine have affected his life.
Anna Valentine, Orion executive publisher, signed up Fitzpatrick to a two-book UK and Commonwealth deal in 2018 through Paul Stevens of Independent Talent. The second memoir, How Animals Saved My Life will be published by Orion's Trapeze imprint on 1st October, Super Thursday.
Ireland-born, Surrey-based Fitzpatrick, whose hit Channel Four show "The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick" had its 15th season aired in January this year, will write about the animals who changed his life, including "Peanut, the world's first cat with two front bionic limbs; Murphy, the adorable golden retriever puppy who suffered a terrible accident; and Brody the Terminator dog with a metal endoskeleton—and of course his beloved companions Ricochet the maine coon and Keira the scruffy border terrier who is always by his side".
Fitzpatrick's first book, Listening to the Animals, was a huge Christmas 2018 hit, shifting 211,000 units in hardback through Nielsen BookScan UK, the second bestselling memoir that year behind Michelle Obama's Becoming (Penguin). It has since earned £2.6m in all editions through the TCM and hit the overall number one spot in Ireland.
Valentine said: "[Listening to the Animals] told the story of Noel becoming The Supervet; in How Animals Saved My Life he tells us what it’s actually like to be The Supervet and shares the highs and lows of a profession where lives are literally at stake."
Fitzpatrick added: "The animals that I’ve been fortunate enough to befriend during my 30 years as a veterinary surgeon have taught me invaluable lessons of integrity, compassion, hope and love. I sincerely believe that these lessons will also bring comfort to and inspire all of us as we emerge from this challenging time of isolation and anxiety during the global pandemic—when animal friends are more important than ever, bringing us together and sharing with us the light of unconditional love that makes us the very best that we can be."