Carol Vorderman is to turn her hand to vowels and consonants and publish a ‘no holds barred’ autobiography, it has been announced.

The 48-year-old former Countdown number queen – who left the long-running quiz after 27 years last summer amid reports Channel 4 asked her to take a 90 per cent pay cut – has promised to give the full story of her departure in the new book.

“I’ve never considered writing my autobiography before, probably because, by the yardstick of today, I am a very private person,” she 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.”

Carol continued: “They are stories which have not been heard before, as I am, by nature, a secret keeper.”

The star will also give her account of the death of former host Richard Whiteley.

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

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