By Michelle Jana Chan
The story of a young boy who travels half-way around the world — from China to British Guiana — hoping to strike it rich
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
A few days to go till the Supporters' List closes...
An exciting update...
I hand-delivered the annotated proofs to Unbound last week. That's a print out of the manuscript -- not bound and in an A4 format, yet resembling how a page will look. It was covered in my scribbles making last-minute tweaks and corrections. Imogen Denny, my wonderfully rigorous and perceptive Unbound editor, assures that she can read my handwriting, which I find extraordinary given I pore over, often very puzzled, my own scrawl and squiggles.
What else? I've just seen another version of the dust jacket, which is looking more and more ravishing. Somehow a tiger made its way on to the cover, which has since been replaced by a jaguar. Phew.
Next week, Unbound is closing the Supporters' List for Song at midnight on Monday 27th November. That is the cut-off date for anyone who wants to be named as a supporter in the back of the book. Afterwards, anyone interested can pre-order the book, but they won't be listed inside. Please do spread the word to friends, if you have half a minute.
Additionally, look out for Unbound's new online literary long-form magazine, Boundless, edited by Arifa Akbar. I've been commissioned to write a feature on why travel writing is dominated by white, middle-class writers, which will be out in March. Watch this space.
That brings me to something else new. My dear friend and absolute pillar of support, Bill Colegrave, has just published Scraps of Wool. You can buy a copy in your local bookstore or on the Unbound website https://unbound.com/books/scraps-of-wool
It's a journey through the golden age of travel writing: a collection of beautiful passages chosen by today's travel writers, which inspired them to hit the road. I select two excerpts set in Kenya -- one by Elspeth Huxley, another by Isak Dineson. Bill and I discuss -- on the podcast that accompanies the anthology: