Audio CD (4 March 2010)
BBC Audiobooks; ISBN: 978-1408426463
Down Your Way was one of the most popular programmes on radio and spanned six decades. Every week the presenter would visit towns and villages throughout the UK, discovering fascinating people and places. Brian Johnston presented the series for fifteen years and 733 programmes. For this recording, his son Barry has selected the most eccentric, famous and interesting people, and the most colourful places, that his father visited on his travels.
Along the way Brian meets such famous people as Sir Roger Bannister, HRH Prince Philip, Denis Compton and John Laurie (Private Frazer in Dad’s Army), as well as Frank Searle, who has spotted the Loch Ness Monster. Brian also takes in Land’s End, Alice Springs, and even goes underground to visit the Cabinet War Rooms and the Bank of England’s gold vault.
Audio CD (10 November 2011)
BBC Audiobooks; ISBN: 978 – 1408467312
‘Down Your Way’, was one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio from 1946 until 1992. Every week the presenter would visit a different city, town or village in the UK and interview six local people about its history, traditions and customs. Brian Johnston presented the series for fifteen years and for this recording, his son Barry has selected more of the fascinating people and places that his father visited on his travels.
Brian meets famous people such as the former England footballer Nat Lofthouse, Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, and steeplejack and TV personality Fred Dibnah, as well as marvellous local characters, including the British snuff champion, a lady gurning champion, and a Scottish sheep shearer. He also takes a boat trip down the River Thames, visits Tower Bridge and Abbey Road studios, and goes to Salisbury Cathedral and Wigan Pier.
Released for the first time on audio, this delightful recording illustrates the rich and colourful heritage of the people and places of Great Britain.
Audio CD (2 November 2000)
Hodder & Stoughton General; ISBN: 1840324651
In 1993 at the age of eighty, Brian Johnston embarked on his first ever nationwide concert tour. His one-man show An Evening With Johnners was a sell-out across the country and the recording of his show became the best-selling Spoken Word production in the UK for more than six months. It even entered the pop album charts and was awarded a Gold Disc Award for sales of more than 100,000.
Brian was a master raconteur and he had the audiences in gales of laughter as he recalled many of the gaffes and humorous anecdotes from his life at Eton and Oxford, his service with the Guards and his 48 years in broadcasting. Now An Evening with Johnners has been digitally remastered and re-edited to include previously unreleased material from Brian’s second tour at the end of 1993. This is a superb opportunity to hear one of cricket’s greatest storytellers.
Brian Johnston – Edited by Barry Johnston
Hardcover (10 May 2012)
Quiller Publishing: ISBN: 978 – 1846891397
In 1993 Brian Johnston embarked on a nationwide tour of his one man show An Evening with Johnners. The tour was a sell-out and a recording of one of the shows became a number one bestseller and was awarded a Gold Disc.
This book was first published in 1996 and contains all the material from the original recording as well as additional stories from Brian’s final tour before he died in January 1994. Brian’s skill and warmth as a master raconteur shine through on every page as he recalls his early years at Eton and Oxford, his war service with the Grenadier Guards, and his remarkable broadcasting career at the BBC. There are hundreds of hilarious memories, stories and anecdotes, and he also describes the famous ‘leg-over’ incident.
This special centenary edition has been updated by the editor, Brian’s eldest son Barry Johnston, and includes new illustrations by John Ireland.
Compiled by Barry Johnston
Paperback: 290 pages (27 May 2010)
Hodder & Stoughton; ISBN: 978-0007343096
A bumper collection of the funniest anecdotes, jokes and stories from cricket’s best-loved personalities proves that cricket is a funny game – even when rain stops play!
Now you can read not only the most popular stories by five of the game’s all-time great characters – Richie Benaud, Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston and Fred Trueman – but also the humour of modern players including Michael Atherton, Andrew Flintoff, Darren Gough, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Warne and many others.
Here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about legendary Test cricketers such as Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Denis Compton, Michael Holding and Merv Hughes – not to mention broadcasting gaffes, sledging, short-sighted umpires and the first male streaker at Lord’s!
Paperback: 384 pages (10 May 2004)
Coronet; ISBN: 0340824719
With his schoolboy humour and distinctive, cheerful voice, ‘Johnners’ was a friend to millions of radio listeners and when he died in 1994 at the age of 81, the Daily Telegraph described him as ‘the greatest natural broadcaster of them all’. Born in 1912, Brian had an idyllic childhood in Hertfordshire until he was ten years old, when his father drowned on a seaside holiday.
After going to Eton and Oxford he wanted to be an actor, but was persuaded to join the family coffee business in the City. When war broke out he served with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards in Normandy and was awarded the Military Cross. After being demobbed Brian joined the BBC in January 1946. His remarkable broadcasting career spanned 48 years and made him a household name as a cricket commentator and on programmes such as In Town Tonight and Down Your Way.
Barry Johnston has had exclusive access to his father’s letters and has interviewed dozens of his friends and colleagues to offer the full story of the man behind the microphone. It includes his controversial sacking from television and his re-emergence as a much-loved figure on Test Match Special.
Edited and introduced by Barry Johnston
Paperback – 400 pages (10 July 2003)
Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753507900
In this third and final anthology in the popular Slice of Johnners series, Barry Johnston has edited highlights from three more of his father’s books, It’s Been A Lot of Fun, Brian Johnston’s Down Your Way and More Views From The Boundary.
This anthology covers Brian’s early days, from his childhood in Hertfordshire, his school days at Eton and Oxford, his job in the family coffee business in the City and his service with the Grenadier Guards during World War Two.
There is also a selection of the most memorable characters and locations from his fifteen years on the Radio Four programme Down Your Way. Finally there is a collection of Brians ‘View From The Boundary’ interviews on Test Match Special, including conversations with Eric Idle, John Major and Peter O’Toole.
Edited and introduced by Barry Johnston
Paperback – 400 pages (4 July 2002)
Virgin Publishing; ISBN: 0753506289
Brian Johnston began to take an interest in cricket when he was about six. One day his eldest brother Michael threw him a tennis ball and shouted, ‘I’m Jack Hearne, you’re Patsy Hendren.’ From that moment on Patsy became Brian’s hero and he had embarked on a lifelong love of the summer game.
Following the success of A Delicious Slice of Johnners, Barry Johnston has edited another delightful anthology based on three of his father’s most popular books, Brian Johnston’s Guide to Cricket, Chatterboxes and It’s Been a Piece of Cake.
Another Slice of Johnners is a witty and affectionate collection of anecdotes and reminiscences about Brian Johnston’s fellow commentators, his selection of the six most exciting Test matches and his all-time favourite cricketers, from Len Hutton and Denis Compton to Ian Botham.
Edited and introduced by Barry Johnston
Paperback – 386 pages new edition (5 July 2001)
Virgin Publishing; ISBN: 0753505096
Brian Johnston was a man who admitted: ‘I have this absurd hankering to make people laugh.’ He also summed up his books as ‘the meanderings of a remarkably happy and lucky person, to whom life, like cricket, is a funny game and still a lot of fun.’
Edited and introduced by his eldest son, Barry, A Delicious Slice of Johnners is a wonderfully enjoyable compendium of three of Johnners’ best-loved books, the autobiographies It’s Been a Lot of Fun and It’s a Funny Game, and Rain Stops Play, a collection of his favourite anecdotes, jokes and stories.
Here are the highlights of an extraordinary broadcasting career. The great state occasions such as the funeral of King George VI and the Coronation, the royal weddings of Princess Margaret and Princess Anne, and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. From his early radio success in the forties on In Town Tonight to the final critical and public acclaim on Test Match Special. Here too are all the famous gaffes, practical jokes and leg-pulls.
‘A high quality compilation. This book is beautifully presented and easy to read in every sense’ The Cricketer
The BJMT Awards Panel met on 23rd April 2014 at the Lord’s Taverners headquarters in London to make the annual Brian Johnston Scholarship Awards. A total of £45,000 was given in scholarships, grants and awards to help promising young cricketers to fulfil their sporting potential. Once again we are grateful for the generosity and support of all our Johnners Club members, who have enabled us to make these awards.
(1) ECB Recommended Scholars.
On the recommendation of the ECB Performance Department, Brian Johnston Cricket Scholarships totalling more than £13,000 were awarded to the following young cricketers to assist them with travelling expenses so that they can attend their coaching and training sessions:
(2) Blind Cricket.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to continue its support of cricket for the visually impaired and a grant of £7,000 was awarded to Blind Cricket England and Wales towards the cost of funding their fifth annual development weekend at the University of Leicester in September 2014, designed to introduce players and teams from around the country to blind cricket.
An additional grant of £5,000 was given to Cricket 4 Change (C4C) to further develop their girls-specific cricket initiative that offers blind and visually impaired school children the opportunity to participate in out of school cricket clubs. This year C4C is organising the first-ever international womens’ blind cricket match in Nepal and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to be one of the sponsors.
(3) BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme in association with the ECB. All eighteen of the first class Counties and UCCEs are now participating in this programme that aims to encourage and develop the art of spin bowling in England and Wales by providing funds for additional coaching at Academy level.