The Viking's memoir to Pennant

<p>Independent sports publisher Pennant Books has bought world rights to an&#8232; autobiography by former world darts champion Andy &quot;The Viking&quot; Fordham.&#8232;</p><p>Managing director Cass Pennant bought rights from Humfrey Hunter at Hunter&#8232; Profiles for an undisclosed sum.</p><p>The book will be published on 28th&#8232; September in hardback and chart Fordham&#39;s darts career and struggle with &#8232;alcoholism. After 25 years of drinking at least 25 bottles of beer a day,&#8232; Fordham, who weighed 31 stone at the time, collapsed and nearly died in &#8232;2007.</p><p>He was told he needed an immediate liver transplant but defied medical&#8232; opinion as his health turned around and he started on the road to recovery.&#8232;</p><p>Pennant said: &quot;&#39;The Viking&#39; is one of the most popular players of all time &#8232;and one of the darts world&#39;s true characters. Aside from his anecdotes of&#8232; life on the road and meetings with British celebrities, Andy also tells an &#8232;immensely human story of self-destruction and redemption that will appeal&#8232; not only to fans of the sport but to the wider biographical readership.&quot;&#8232;</p>