'I always knew he was quite creative, but I had no idea he was so reckless' Lord Sugar 'The thinking woman's Bakewell tart ... Witty, interesting and underpinned by a sharp intellect' Jo Brand 'This book is a total delight - as wise and witty and surprising as the man himself' Gyles Brandreth
When Nick Hewer first appeared on our TV screens in The Apprentice in 2005, he had thought he was heading towards a quiet retirement after a long and successful career in PR and marketing. Little did he realise that appearing on the show with Lord Sugar and Margaret Mountford would mean that his life was about to be transformed. Quickly, he became a regular presence in our homes, renowned for his wry sense of humour and his astute insights.
But the story of how the current host of Countdown came to this point has remained largely unknown – until now. In My Alphabet, Nick Hewer takes us through an A to Z of some of the most remarkable and entertaining events his life, covering everything from his Boyhood in Swindon, when he took his Dinky toys on a most unexpected journey, to Regrets, and an episode that ended in a kidnapping. With chapters on subjects from Tottenham Hotspur to one on Underwear, there is sure to be something for all tastes within these pages.
My Alphabet builds up into a brilliant and fascinating self-portrait, taking the reader on a remarkable journey that will inform, entertain and move you. We get to see behind the scenes on The Apprentice and Countdown, and much else besides. Self-deprecating and witty, Nick Hewer has written a brilliant book his many fans are sure to treasure.
Nick Hewer was born in Swindon in 1944 and ran a successful PR company for many years, before being recruited by Alan Sugar to work with him on the TV series The Apprentice. After ten seasons, he decided to leave in 2014. He has hosted Countdown since January 2012, and has made guest appearances on numerous other TV shows, from Question Time and Who Do You Think You Are? to Have I Got News For You and Celebirty Antiques Road Trip.
'You wouldn't know it to look at him, but this man has led a very colourful and adventurous life...a typically honest memoir.'
– Sunday Mirror
'Absorbing, perceptive and stylish.'
– Daily Mail
'A memoir from the host of Channel 4's Countdown, which ranges from A for Apprentice to Z for Z-list, with lots of humorous anecdotes along the way.'
– The Bookseller
'Nick's dry, acerbic wit and mock bafflement at some of the goings-on around him - characteristics which gained him legions of fans during his ten years as Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice - are ever-present.'