Wednesday, 20 December 2017
First, thank you for your patience. Some of you still had hair when you made your pledge to make this book possible and we want you to know that you will get your copy while you can still remember where you put your reading glasses.
And apologies for the radio silence - some of the nuts and bolts of putting this together needed more WD40 than we’d originally anticipated.
But now we’re able to let you know what’s occurring.
For a start, The 95 is history . . . and yet, it's not. It's larger than life and nearer than ever.
Allow us to explain.
The short version. We changed the title of the book.
The longer version. We originally landed on The 95 by imagining a book which (sort of) marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses by dreaming up some more contemporary 'theses’. (We dropped the word ‘theses’ because no-one uses it and it sounds vaguely like something else, which we don’t want to think about.) And then while we were still laboriously seeking permission to quote from poets and songwriters, the 500th anniversary passed (last October in case you missed it) which made the ‘95’ element a bit redundant too.
As a result we wrote a few more entries and gave the book a new title.
Welcome to… Life Lines: Notes on life & love, faith & doubt.
What we’ve written, essentially, are lines to live by: the kind of book you turn to when you’re looking for something to say and all the usual words have packed up and gone home. Like when someone has reached a crossroads and isn’t sure which way to take. Or a friend has arrived at one of life's thresholds: they’re 18 and leaving home; or they’re having a child; or they’ve lost a job... or someone they love.
These are Life Lines to live with or take hold of. Stories, like the famous one at Christmas, that offer clues to another way of being alive. Hints and hunches rather than rules and prohibitions. “Thou shalt not is soon forgotten,” writes Philip Pullman, ‘but Once upon a time lasts forever.”
With our crack design 'team’ finishing up several hundred pages of visuals, the book is starting to look pretty damn good. We can’t wait to get it into your hands.
And that will be . . . in 2018.
To be on the safe side, let’s say the summer of 2018.
But sometime in the first part of 2018, the Unbound team will press ‘print' on a finite number of the hardback full-colour limited editions of Life Lines. There’s still time to buy one of those bespoke books, with your name inside. Or to buy it for a friend and put their name inside.
It would be a very fine Christmas gift, that memorable category of Christmas gift that arrives several months late.
Thanks again for supporting this book… nearly there!