Ladders To Heaven

By Mike Shanahan

How fig trees shaped our history, fed our imaginations and can enrich our future

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Good news

Dear supporters

It has been an eventful month for the book you brought into the world. Here's a quick update and a request.

You know the book as Ladders to Heaven but in North America, where it has found a new publisher, it is called Gods, Wasps and Stranglers. That edition went on sale on 15 November.

It recently featured on a public radio show in the United States, whose host Mike McGrath said: “My mind has been blown… Absolutely wonderful… My book of the year”. You can listen to the full show here (I’m on from about 14 minutes, 10 seconds). You can read more reviews here.

In other news, I learned last week that the first translated edition of the book will come out in 2018, in Turkish, through Istanbul-based publisher Nail Kitabevi.

This week BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme featured Ladders to Heaven in its annual review of new food-related books. Author Alex Renton called it: “A lovely little book, a real pleasure”. You can listen to the show here.

I am learning just how hard it is to market a book, but that every little bit of publicity helps. So, if you have already read your copy of Ladders to Heaven, I would be very grateful if you would consider leaving a rating at Amazon (US or UK) and/or Goodreads.

Best wishes


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