Thursday, 29 September 2016
Scraps of Wool: what has happened to my book?
You will want to know where the book is and when you will get it.
It is all but ready in manuscript form* and Unbound seem to be pleased with it.
I can quote their comments without embarrassment since my role is no more than that of the easel for the artwork.
"Scraps of Wool is more than just an anthology of travel writing. It is a rare and precious record of a whole school of remarkable writers As a young bookseller in the early 1980s, I was fortunate to live through a period when many of these writers (Colin Thubron, Jan Morris, Bruce Chatwin) were at their peak, or in the process being rediscovered and reprinted (Robert Byron, Freya Stark, Wilfred Thesiger, Mary Kingsley). That era now seems like a golden age and Bill Colegrave has produced a glorious tour of their very best pieces. To read it is to be reminded of just how much the experience of travel and place has contributed to our literature and why writers of this subtlety and grace deserve to be read.”
We want to get the publication timing right given the quality and potential for Scraps of Wool. Booksellers order a minimum of 6 months in advance, so we have agreed a trade publication date of November 2017 date with our colleagues at Penguin Random House, as this offers the chance to hit the Xmas market - the book will make a terrific gift. It also means we have plenty of time to get the jacket and text design just right. John Mitchinson , Publishing Director Unbound
As a subscriber, you will receive your limited edition copy well before that date - look out for updates from us over the coming months with more precise delivery details. These books will be higher quality in design and presentation than the trade books. They are still available to be subscribed here at Unbound.
*I can send a link to the manuscript via Google docs if you contact me direct or via this page