Casting the Runes: The Letters of MR James

By Jane Mainley-Piddock

Foreword by Mark Gatiss

Friday, 23 September 2022

Publication Update


Dear readers,

We’re sorry to inform you that, due to unforeseen delays in the editorial and design process, we have taken the difficult decision to move the publication date of Casting the Runes back to 16 February 2023.

This date was chosen to ensure that we have enough time to produce the book to the highest standards, so that the finished article does justice to Jane’s incredible work in compiling these letters for the very first time.

We apologise for any disappointment this delay may cause, and hope you’ll understand that this decision has been made in the name of getting the book into the shape it deserves.

If you have any questions, please send them to

With best wishes,

Team Unbounders

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Iain Macmillan
 Iain Macmillan says:

Out of interest into what goes in to the process in this part of the world of publishing? What were the unforseen editorial and design delays that led to a minimum four month push back with less than a month to original publication? Similarly, what do you use for your development / delivery planning systems and how do you evaluate their effectiveness? Any information gratefully received.

posted 23rd September 2022

Keith Brunton
 Keith Brunton says:

This news is very disappointing. With less than a month to go to get pushed back due to "unforeseen delays" is odd. Given the length of time that the book had we were told been send for the publishing phase of the cycle it is not inspiring confidence.

posted 23rd September 2022

Mark Vent
 Mark Vent says:

It is unfortunate - but it happens! I look forward to receiving the final fully polished book. Thank you for the update.

posted 23rd September 2022

Paul Vincent
 Paul Vincent says:

It would be useful (and I think subscribers deserve) to know, at least in very general terms, what KIND of problems have caused these very substantial delays at such short notice - e.g. "financial", "technical", or "legal/rights issues". The latter of theses examples would be particularly worrying, as legal wrangles over rights can massively delay, or even scupper, the publication of a book.

posted 23rd September 2022

John Smith
 John Smith says:


I am done with this project!

This is my first and last dealing with Unbound. A very disappointing experience indeed.


posted 23rd September 2022

Unbound Support
 Unbound Support says:

Hi all,

Unbound Support here to provide a little more detail. The text design process has been very involved because we've been trying to balance fidelity to the original letters with a tidy, legible layout on the printed page, which has required detailed standardisation work.

We appreciate that changes to publication date are always frustrating, unfortunately this is something that can happen in the industry. We will continue to update supporters as we move closer to delivery.

Best wishes,


posted 26th September 2022

Iain Macmillan
 Iain Macmillan says:

Thanks for giving some clarity (which perhaps would have been helpful from the start); it may also be helpful to update the delivery date on the book page which still states October 2022.

posted 26th September 2022

Iain Macmillan
 Iain Macmillan says:

Popped by and lo, it now says publication date February 2022! Another Unbound move that dispels even more confidence in the process and the business operation!

posted 21st October 2022

Iain Macmillan
 Iain Macmillan says:

More failures in Unbound customer relations; diappointing and unsurprising. Unbound fail to notify supporters of this eagerly awaited book that the release date is now February 16th, instead making it part of a general blurb touting their wares. Info on when supporters are likely to get their copies would be useful but dangerous to hold breath!

posted 19th January 2023

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