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Allen & Unwin UK to publish The Wood Life

1st August 2022

Allen & Unwin UK have acquired World All Languages rights to England cricketer Mark Wood’s The Wood Life: A Not So Helpful How-to Guide on Surviving Cricket, Life and Everything In Between from Nick Walters at David Luxton Associates in association with James Welch at Quantum Sport. The Wood Life will be published in hardback and eBook 15th September 2022, with a paperback in summer 2023.

Mark Wood is an England and Durham fast bowler. Since making his international debut in 2015, he has represented his country in all three formats, enjoying an Ashes win and playing a vital part of England’s first ODI World Cup triumph in 2019, where he bowled the fastest delivery of the tournament. He has become a cult hero among England fans, his vibrant personality endearing him to young and old alike.

As an England and Durham cricketer who was born, raised and refined in Ashington, Northumberland, Mark Wood’s life has been quite unique. Over the course of his career so far, he’s won an Ashes and a World Cup in an international career that at the time of writing is going on seven years and counting.

Being a fast bowler is up there with the toughest of all sporting pursuits, like being Tyson Fury’s punchbag or working behind the bar during the darts at Ally Pally.

Being a cricketer? There’s nothing like it. And doing it for England? Well, he’s lucky to call it a profession. There’s been a lot of hard work along the way. Plenty of sacrifices and pain to accompany the good times that make them all worthwhile.

He’s been everywhere, from Barbados to Brisbane, Chester-le-Street to Chennai, waiting rooms to operating tables. He’s played in some of the most exotic locations in the world and eaten margherita pizzas in every single one of them.

To be honest, it’s amazing he’s waited this long to bring out his own self-help book.

Mark Wood says,

‘I’ve had a lot of fun and laughs working on this book. My career to date has been full of ups and downs and I always try to play with a smile on my face as I am so fortunate to represent my country. I’m hoping that this book brings a smile to the faces of all the people who have supported me along the way.’

Ed Faulkner, Publisher at Allen & Unwin UK, says,

‘From a truly one-of-a-kind cricketer comes a one-of-a-kind cricket book.  Mark Wood is a national treasure and cricket fans are in for a treat in this hilariously funny and entertaining book.’