Vorderman to write 'no holds barred' autobiography

Former 'Countdown' number queen Carol Vorderman is to turn her hand to vowels and consonants and publish a "no holds barred" autobiography, it was announced today.

The 48-year-old hung up her marker and left the long-running quiz after 27 years last summer amid reports Channel 4 asked her to take a 90% pay cut.

She was replaced by 22-year-old Oxford University graduate Rachel Riley for the new series of the show in January with Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling in the presenter's chair.

Vorderman has promised to give the full story of her departure from the show in the new book, along with her account of the death of host Richard Whiteley.

Countdown was the first programme on Channel 4 when it launched in 1982 and Whiteley fronted the show from the start until he died in 2005.

"I've never considered writing my autobiography before, probably because, by the yardstick of today, I am a very private person," Vorderman said.

"But from the moment the publishers came to meet me to discuss the possibility of a book, I realised that there is so much to say that people don't know about and certainly won't be expecting, and with the Countdown debacle marking the end of one chapter in my life, I've decided to bite the bullet, big time.

"They are stories which have not been heard before, as I am, by nature, a secret keeper."

The book will be published by Headline Review later this year.

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