PAN MACMILLAN is delighted to announce that in 2016 it will publish the autobiography of AB DE VILLIERS, the No.1 batsman in the world and captain of the South African One Day International (ODI) cricket team. The Hardback edition of AB’s autobiography, titled AB: The Autobiography, is to be released in English and Afrikaans locally, and simultaneously in English by Pan Macmillan in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and India.
AB de Villiers is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sporting heroes. He has captained the national ODI team since June 2011, and has been a member of the national team for 11 years since his debut test as a 20-year-old in December 2004. AB has excelled on the sporting field throughout his life and today he is considered one of the leading batsmen in the world in all forms of the game.
AB: The Autobiography will cover key events and influences that have shaped his life and career, from his childhood and schooling at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) through to his present successes, experiences and controversies as captain of the ODI team. AB will offer access to the man behind the bat and beneath the helmet, exploring career-defining moments, on-and-off the field events and his relationship with various mentors. The reader will be transported to the backyard of AB’s childhood home where he first learnt to play cricket with his brothers, and will be introduced to colourful characters and sportsmen along the way. The autobiography will also explore AB’s interests in music and business and how he pursues these alongside his international cricket career.
‘For me, playing for South Africa through the past 11 seasons has been a fantastic privilege, from my debut against the West Indies right through to all the drama of the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand a few months ago, and I am looking forward to telling my story.’
– AB DE VILLIERS
‘This project is an immensely exciting one for Pan Macmillan. AB de Villiers has proven himself, on and off the cricket field, to be a South African leader and an inspiration to millions of people at home and internationally. We are proud to bring his inspirational story to readers around the world.’
– TERRY MORRIS, MD Pan Macmillan South Africa