John Wardley publishes autobiography

John WardleyVeteran ride designer John Wardley has published his autobiography, entitled Creating My Own Nemesis.

The 158-page paperback was released on Saturday, and is listed on for £9.99.

According to descriptive material, the book “answers many questions about how enormous theme park rides are conceived and developed”.

His early roots in the circus, theatre and film industries will also be covered, including the special effects he developed for some James Bond films.

Wardley is to retire this year, following the launch of his final rollercoaster The Smiler, which is due to open at Alton Towers next month.

He is most recognised for conceiving Alton Towers’ famous trio of rollercoasters Nemesis, Oblivion and Air between 1994 and 2002.

In recent years, he has continued to design track layouts for rollercoasters at Merlin Entertainments theme parks, acting as a semi-retired consultant to the company.