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ABC Books is proud to announce it will publish the autobiography of Mitchell Johnson, one of Australia’s highest-ever wicket takers, in 2016.
Johnson is a once-in-a-generation Australian cricketer, a devastating left-arm fast bowler who became a household name following his epic performance in the Ashes series in 2013-14 and the subsequent Test series against South Africa.
Raised in Townsville, Queensland, Johnson’s first love was tennis – it was really only at the urging of his mates that he gave cricket a go. Dennis Lillee recognised his potential at seventeen, and it was at Lillee’s urging that Johnson moved to Adelaide to take up a place at the Australian Cricket Academy. In a first-class career spanning 14 years, Johnson has seen incredible highs and crushing lows – and his unexpected comeback at the age of 32 is arguably one of the greatest of any generation.
ABC Books Publishing Director Brigitta Doyle says: “The epitome of the modern Test bowler, we are thrilled to be working with Mitchell Johnson to publish his autobiography next year. One of Australia’s all-time greatest sporting heroes, Mitch’s story is one of talent, courage, determination and heart. It’s a story for all Australians.”
Mitchell Johnson says: “As I said when I announced my retirement from international cricket yesterday, I’ve been lucky to have such a wonderful career and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Now I am looking forward to the exciting new challenge of getting my story down on paper – reflecting on my life, my career, the people who have inspired me and stuck by me. I can’t wait to get cracking.”
Johnson will be collaborating with award-winning journalist and author Peter Lalor. The as-yet untitled autobiography will be published by ABC Books in the second half of 2016.
For more information please contact:
Matthew Howard, Campaign Manager – ABC Books
Ph: 02 9952 5003
M: 0400 221 815