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Books by Brian Johnston

An Evening with Johnners (Centenary Edition)

An Evening with Johnners, centenary editionBrian Johnston –  Edited by Barry Johnston
Hardcover (10 May 2012)
Quiller Publishing: ISBN: 978 – 1846891397
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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.

The Wit of Cricket

The Wit of CricketCompiled by Barry Johnston
Paperback: 290 pages (27 May 2010)
Hodder & Stoughton; ISBN: 978-0007343096
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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!

Johnners: The Life of Brian

Johnners - The Life Of Brian Barry Johnston
Paperback: 384 pages (10 May 2004)
Coronet; ISBN: 0340824719
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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.

A Further Slice of Johnners.

A Further Slice of JohnnersBrian Johnston
Edited and introduced by Barry Johnston
Paperback – 400 pages (10 July 2003)
Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753507900
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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.

Another Slice of Johnners.

Another Slice of JohnnersBrian Johnston
Edited and introduced by Barry Johnston
Paperback – 400 pages (4 July 2002)
Virgin Publishing; ISBN: 0753506289
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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.

A Delicious Slice of Johnners.

A delicious slice of JohnnersBrian Johnston
Edited and introduced by Barry Johnston
Paperback – 386 pages new edition (5 July 2001)
Virgin Publishing; ISBN: 0753505096
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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