Brian Johnston: The Authorized Biography
by tim heald
‘a masterpiece which will humanise the legend’ Daily Mail
How did it work, exactly, that Johnners magic?
Brian Johnston was arguably the most distinctive and best loved voice in British broadcasting. Elder statesman of the Test Match Special team, he was also Britain’s most entertaining commentator with an irrepressible and infectious sense of humour. Johnners also had an enviable talent like few other broadcasters of making his listeners feel like close, personal friends.
Drawing on Brian Johnston’s own papers and other previously unpublished sources as well as conversations with an enormous selection of his friends and colleagues, Tim Heald’s fully authorised biography brings to us the many different sides of Johnners and encapsulates brilliantly his truly remarkable life.
‘Tim Heald is a good writer, an assiduous researcher and an experienced biographer... The result is outstanding, so revealing that you have to refer to the dust jacket to reassure yourself this is authorised... There has never been an Englishman quite like Brian Johnston. Tim Heald, without rocking boats or destroying legends, has written a masterpiece which will humanise the legend’ Daily Mail
‘Heald’s light touch and anecdotal approach are entirely in keeping with the man – Johnners would have approved’ Time Out
‘Packed as sweetly as some rich cake with... fun and humour... Inspired’ The Times
‘Delightful’ Daily Express
Publication Date: May 2015
ISBN: 978 1 910570 26 5