<p>Independent sports publisher Pennant Books has bought world rights to an
autobiography by former world darts champion Andy "The Viking" Fordham.
</p><p>Managing director Cass Pennant bought rights from Humfrey Hunter at Hunter
Profiles for an undisclosed sum.</p><p>The book will be published on 28th
September in hardback and chart Fordham's darts career and struggle with
alcoholism. After 25 years of drinking at least 25 bottles of beer a day,
Fordham, who weighed 31 stone at the time, collapsed and nearly died in
2007.</p><p>He was told he needed an immediate liver transplant but defied medical
opinion as his health turned around and he started on the road to recovery.
</p><p>Pennant said: "'The Viking' is one of the most popular players of all time
and one of the darts world's true characters. Aside from his anecdotes of
life on the road and meetings with British celebrities, Andy also tells an
immensely human story of self-destruction and redemption that will appeal
not only to fans of the sport but to the wider biographical readership."