Penguin to publish Chris Gayle: the ‘Six Machine’

Penguin Random House is to publish the memoirs of West Indies cricket legend Chris Gayle. The highly anticipated book, Six Machine, will be released around the world on June 2, 2016.


Chris Gayle is the only man to have hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. But then producing the impossible is an everyday act for the West Indies legend: the first to smash an international T20 century, the first to hit a World Cup 200, the fastest century ever. He has hit twice as many T20 sixes as any other man and two Test triple centuries. All this is delivered with cricket’s biggest bat and an even bigger smile.

Off the pitch, millions follow him on Instagram and Twitter to catch a glimpse of a globe-trotting life spent in nightclubs as much as Six Machine email, hot-tubs as often as helmets and pads. He plays late, parties later, demolishes a king-size stack of pancakes and then strolls out to mangle another hapless bowling attack.

But do we really know him? Do we know what took a shy, skinny kid from a tin-roofed shack in the back streets of Kingston, stealing empty bottles to buy food, to the top of the cricket world? This is a story not just of sporting genius but of battling prejudice; of coming from nothing to everything and yet not losing yourself along the way.

Joel Rickett, publisher of Viking at Penguin Random House, said: “Chris Gayle is one of the standout characters in an increasingly bland sporting world. Like the man himself, Six Machine is outrageous and utterly original. The only comparison I can make is to I Am Zlatan by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and I think we’ve got a similar sensation on our hands.”

Chris Gayle said: “I’m really excited about releasing my first book. I hope it can reach far and wide, through cricket and beyond, for there are stories to tell and secrets I’ve waited a long time to share. Being me is fun. I don’t believe in boring. And Six Machine is me, in every way.”

 The book will be written with Tom Fordyce, chief BBC sports writer. Viking acquired world rights from David Luxton at DLA. Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket… I Love It will be published in hardback, international trade paperback and ebook on 2nd June 2016.

About Chris Gayle

 Chris Gayle was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, the second youngest of seven children. Growing up where cricket was both the great obsession and the only escape, he was scoring centuries against adults from the age of 14 and made his West Indies ‘A’ team debut while still at school.

 A devastating opener, cunning spin bowler and tactical fanatic, he has made more international one-day centuries than Brian Lara, played more Test matches than Ian Botham and taken more Test catches than Clive Lloyd. Captaining the West Indies from 2007 to 2010, he is one of only four players in history to score two triple centuries at Test level.

 In the thrilling T20 game he is the great pioneer – highest score, highest average, most runs and, of course, twice as many sixes as anyone else. Nicknamed #WorldBoss, he has played for 16 teams in nine countries across five continents and is the most in-demand cricketer of the modern era.

On Chris Gayle…

 ‘It feels like at any time, somewhere, Chris Gayle is hitting someone for six. There is hardly a record he does not own. If you’re a spectator sit back and smile, if you’re an administrator just shrug, and if you’re the opposition put your hands together and pray’ – Guardian

 ‘The closest football has to Chris Gayle is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in terms of acts of preposterous genius’ – Mirror

 ‘He’s a bowler’s nightmare’ – Viv Richards

 ‘When Gayle bats, fielders become spectators and spectators become fielders’ – Crowd sign