Matthew Lewis to Narrate Former Rhinos Star Rob Burrow’s Book “Too Many Reasons to Live”
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) has been busy this year: At the beginning of 2021, he graced our screens in the film Baby Done, where we see his character navigating the transition into parenthood. He also joined a charity to help raise mental health awareness in schools, and he became a patron of the Bambisanani Partnership charity, which promotes health, education, and cooperation through sports in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Now, he’s about to get started on yet another exciting project, but this time, he’s doing it for a close friend.
Many fans will know that Lewis is a huge fan of the Leeds Rhinos rugby league club and good friends with Rob Burrow, a former member of the league. Burrow was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2019, and he’s written a book that documents his life story, titled Too Many Reasons to Live. According to The Yorkshire Post, Lewis will be narrating the audiobook, along with Academy Award-winning writer and actress Rachel Shenton (All Creatures Great and Small).
Lewis seems like the perfect person for the job. Not only was he born in Leeds and is a massive fan of the Rhinos, but he’s also the vice president of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. He has some experience in the narration department too – back in 2018, he narrated As Good As It Gets?, which was a documentary that focused on the Leeds Rhinos League’s history and success. He and Shenton should make a stellar team since the two of them worked together on the PBS reboot of All Creatures Great and Small.
Lewis expressed his excitement, saying that it is an honor to narrate Burrow’s story.
Rob is a true warrior and hero to many but also a genuine and kind man who’d do anything for anybody. I’ve known him a long time, from idolising him when I was a boy to meeting him and later being able to call him a friend. It will be the honour of my life to read Rob’s words and to voice his extraordinary story.
Burrow, who speaks with the aid of voice technology, said that he is very pleased that Lewis will be the one to give a voice to his story and that he couldn’t have found anyone better for the job.
Thank you, mate, for not only your generosity and time but [also] for being there for me throughout this journey. Just a bit of advice: please don’t use your posh accent; the more Yorkshire, the better.
Burrow even took to Twitter to share the news.
It is an absolute honour that my good friend Matthew Lewis is reading the audio for my book TooManyReasonsToLive https://t.co/o3EK0EwYLr
— Rob Burrow (@Rob7Burrow) July 9, 2021
The book will tell the story of Burrow’s incredible career as well as his battle with motor neuron disease. Too Many Reasons to Live will be published on August 19, 2021, and you can preorder it here.