Jonathan "Jo" Rice
Jo Rice is an author, broadcaster, consultant and lecturer. An avid fan of popular music, he has amassed a collection of number one singles. Jo has co-compiled the extensive Guiness series of books on popular music with his brother Sir Tim Rice, Paul Gambaccini and from 1977-1985 Mike Read. These include the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles Series, Guinness Book Of British Hit Albums Series, Guinness Hits Of The 70's, Guinness Hits Of The 80's, Guinness Hits Quiz Series, Guinness Hits Challenge Series and the Guinness Book Of Number One Hits.
In his capacity as Vice-Captain of Heartaches CC cricket team (founded by Sir Tim Rice), Jo writes for its annual private publication the Heartaches Cricketer's Almanack. He is a member of the cricket charity The Lords Taverners, and has been serving as their Chairman since 2006. Jo has spent over nine years living and working in Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. He has written books on Anglo-Japanese relations including Doing Business In Japan and Behind The Japanese Mask: How To Understand The Japanese Culture - And Work Successfully With It, and is a co-author of The Xenophobe's Guide To The Japanese. Jo has also authored Hyacinth Bucket's Book Of Etiquette For The Socially Less Fortunate, a companion book to the "Keeping Up Appearances" television comedy series.
Jo has written several books for the Curiosities series including Curiosities Of Politics, Curiosities of Golf, Curiosities Of Football and Curiosities Of Cricket. His primary literary talents have been focused on books relating to sport, with cricket being the sport Jo mainly writes about. Jo had his first book about cricket, The Complete Cricketer, published in 1985. Jo had a regular coloumn in Wisden Monthly from 1982-1997. He had the honour of contributing an article to the 2001 Wisden. Other titles Jo has written include: The Pavilion Book Of Pavilions, Start Of Play,
One Hundred Lord's Tests : A Celebration Of The Home Of Cricket (forward by Sir Donald Bradman -- it has been featured at the Museum at Lord's as a publication of the MCC Cricket Library), The Fight For The Ashes 2001 (forward by David Gower), 1953 The Crowning Year Of Sport (forward by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh), Classic After-Dinner Sports Tales (forward by Mike Gatting), A Wisden Collection : Volume Two, The Unforgettable Tests : England v. Australia 2005 (forward by Mike Gatting), Bradman's First Tour: The Australians In England, 1930, The Presidents of MCC, The Wisden Collector's Guide (co-authored with Andrew Renshaw and with introduction by Sir Tim Rice) and Wisden On India - An Anthology (forward by Ravi Shastri).