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Orion Memoir TPB July £12.99 320pp b&w illustrations 978 1 4091 2977 6 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 4091 2979 0

Jon is an eight-time Sony Award-winning and double BAFTAwinning writer, comedian and broadcaster.

JON HOLMES Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man Part memoir, part explanation as to why men are so rubbish

A memoir like Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman. But for men. Jon Holmes became a father for the first time in 2010. With a second child in 2012, he has had to fill in a hell of a lot of health forms over the past couple of years. The problem is, he’s always had to leave the sections about hereditary illnesses blank because of one simple problem: he has no idea who his parents are. Born to an unmarried mother and an unknown father, Jon was adopted as a four-week-old baby just as the 1970s were arriving, and grew up with new parents in Warwickshire in a haze of short trousers, long summers, oatcakes, a jealous dog and bionic man. Along with plenty of love. This is the story of how an unwanted baby in Stratford-upon-Avon went on to become a wanted man in the state of Texas, and everything that happened in between. Jon Holmes is an award-winning British writer, comedian and broadcaster. He writes for Stephen Fry, works with Miranda Hart, has fronted his own BBC Radio 1 show and was a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2. he is the new host of the XFNM London Breakfast Show.

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Location: Canterbury, Kent Available for interview jonholmes.net @JonHolmes1

Orion Non-fiction • July 2015