Thanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend
Jonathan Agnew, known to his legions of Test Match Special fans as "Aggers", has at long last written a personal tribute to his late colleague Brian Johnston, universally known as "Johnners" The on-air incident in which Agnew's comment on Ian Botham's attempt to avoid stepping on his stumps - "He just couldn't quite get his leg over" - provoked prolonged fits of giggles, notably from Johnners and was voted in a BBC poll as, "the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever", by 75% of those who responded. It is said that traffic on British motorways came to a complete standstill as commuters were forced to stop their cars due to fits of laughter while listening to it on Radio Four. This book is an affectionate account of a four-year friendship, including copious anecdotes from their time together in the commentary box and during their travels overseas.Jonathan Agnew comments: "Brian Johnston was a tremendous influence on my early years at Test Match Special. His wit, warmth and great sense of fun was not only a feature of his cricket commentary, but also in the way he lived his life. Our friendship has been immortalised through the 'leg over' incident, but there was a much deeper bond between us than merely that hilarious broadcasting classic, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share this with cricket lovers everywhere."Aggers on Johnners is the holy grail of cricket books, a must-have for anyone who loves the noble game. Summers Will Never Be the Same, a collection of tributes to Johnners, published shortly after his death in 1994, sold 80,000 copies in hardcover.