Penguin Random House NZ is excited to announce the August release of Driven, the explosive autobiography from New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon.
The book will cover Paddon’s commitment to racing from a very young age, his many highs and lows on the local and international circuits, and his latest Paddon Rallysport initiative out of its base at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
Driven will provide rare insights into Paddon’s formative years growing up in Geraldine, his entry into competitive racing, success locally and ascendency on the international circuit, the 2017 accident in which a spectator was killed, his controversial axing from the Hyundai Motorsport team in 2018, and how he is regearing his career and maintaining a future focus.
Paddon will also offer unvarnished reflections on the highs and lows of his personal life.
Marking the first time Paddon has gone on public record about much of the above, Driven will chart a life story that celebrates self-belief, determination, work ethic and thinking big – following one’s passion and turning dreams into a reality.
Jeremy Sherlock, Senior Non-fiction Publisher at Penguin Random House NZ, says of the acquisition: “It’s not overstating matters to say that Driven will be New Zealand’s biggest motorsport biography in over a decade. Hayden’s story, both personally and professionally, is captivating, complex and inspirational. We’re massively proud to be partnering with Hayden to share his story, one that will enthral so many New Zealand readers, young and old.”
Hayden Paddon says: “I’m really excited to be working with Penguin Random House and our writer Catherine Pattison to put ink to paper and detail the real story behind our journey. I want to tell my story to show people what is possible, against a lot of odds, and that things are not rosy all the time, like they might appear from the outside. I hope it will encourage and motivate people to keep striving towards their own goals.”
Paddon will undertake a nationwide tour to promote Driven on release.
Driven by Hayden Paddon | Published by Penguin Random House NZ | 20 August 2019 | $40.00