John O’Farrell was born in Maidenhead in 1962. Things Can Only Get Worse?, the long-awaited sequel to his iconic first book Things Can Only Get Better?, was a number one best-seller and remains one of the most popular political memoirs ever written. In the decades in between, he has published five novels: The Man Who Forgot His Wife, May Contain Nuts, This Is Your Life, The Best a Man Can Get and most recently There’s Only Two David Beckhams. He has also written the bestselling history books An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain. One of a small number of British writers to have achieved best-seller status with both fiction and non-fiction, his books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and been adapted for radio and television. A former comedy scriptwriter for such productions as Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Smith & Jones and Chicken Run, he was the founder of Britain’s first daily news satire website NewsBiscuit and he co-wrote the musical Something Rotten! which opened on Broadway in April 2015.
O’Farrell is represented for TV and film by Yasmin McDonald at United Agents
Books in order of publication:
Global Village Idiot (1978).
The Best a Man Can Get (1997).
Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997 (1998).
This is Your Life (2002).
I Blame the Scapegoats (2003).
May Contain Nuts (2005).
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: Or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots In Charge (2007).
I Have a Bream (2002).
Isle of Wight: To Get Ceefax and Other Groundbreaking Stories (2008).
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain: or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always (2009).
Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997 (2010).
The Man Who Forgot His Wife (2012).
A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line (2013).
There’s Only Two David Beckhams (2015).
Things Can Only Get Worse? Twenty Confusing Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter (2017).
Agent Name: Georgia Garrett