The Dissent Of Man

By JF Derry

Exploring the influence of Darwin on everyone: atheists, Christians, biologists and entrepreneurs

Saturday, 9 November 2019

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I am posting this reply to one of the project supporters to hopefully answer any concerns...


On 8 Nov 2019, at 16:35, Rodger ************************* wrote:

Good Morning,

I made a couple of contributions to your book project n 2017. I have since not received (or even heard) anything related to my support. In addition to a copy of the book, my support qualified me for a Darwin bust . . . any update on progress???   Many thanks, Rodger ***************************

Dear Rodger, 

thank you for contacting, and I am so very sorry for your wait. it is a heavy burden that I carry daily. 

The update is that the book is well in progress, the busts will take only a short time to manufacture and will be available as near as possible to coincide with the book launch and release. The same goes for the artwork. 

Delays have been outwith my control, and I can only apologise. Even after delivery of the manuscript, there is always up to a year of postproduction. We are currently looking at a mid-to-late 2020 launch date.

I am truly grateful for your ongoing patience and support and can only apologise profusely for the wait.

Thanks again, JF.

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Don Rhoads
 Don Rhoads says:

Hello Mr. Derry,
I think Rodger makes a valid point here. I made my contribution back in 2012, a full 7 years ago now and it appears there’s another year to go. Eight years seems like a long time to write a book and I think a reasonable person would wonder if it will ever be completed. Can you tell us what the hold up is? Your project is very interesting but at some point it may make sense to move my small contribution to another project. Hope not! Thanks. Don

posted 11th November 2019

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Dear Don, dear everyone,

it has been a horrendous long time hasn’t it, but, do you know the book actually began its journey in Ulaanbaatar in 2003?

Hence, when it is let free into the World, it will have ‘become of age’. That is probably no conciliation, but it might give some idea to the enormity of this project.

I have given some reasons for the delays in previous posts and shan’t repeat them here, suffice to say, towards the end of this process, I am, as ever, eternally grateful to all, for your support, patience and forbearance, and humbly apologetic for the evolutionary scale to the period you have had to wait.

Best wishes,


posted 11th November 2019

Jonny Roberts
 Jonny Roberts says:

How’s that mid to late 2020 launch looking.

posted 30th May 2020

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Hi Jonny Roberts. I'm just emerging from a few weeks laid low by the dreaded COVID-19. Very unpleasant, so please look after yourselves and stay safe. I almost ended up in hospital a couple of times, but persuaded the wonderful doctors that I would survive the compromised breathing, and didn't warrant occupying bed-space. My experience was scary but I knew it was nowhere near as bad as many. Happy to say, I'm now back to work, fitting in as much on the book as possible, and that progress is good, although I still await responses from several interviewees / contributors. The time for producing the book after submission of the final manuscript will be literally, out of my hands, but I'm sure everyone involved will work to hurry it along as much as possible. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience, and wishing you well, J.

posted 1st June 2020

Alan Foster
 Alan Foster says:

Any update on progress, doesn’t look like anything positive this year. Is it going to be another year before it’s finished, then publication time on top of that. Becoming a bit disillusioned to be honest.

posted 27th October 2020

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Thanks for patiently awaiting progress Alan, and everyone else. Just moved house. Boxes mostly unpacked. Hoping to restart writing shortly. Best wishes to all.

posted 27th October 2020

Kaci Johnston
 Kaci Johnston says:

Were you able to restart writing?

posted 6th February 2021

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Yes, thank you Kaci. I will post here as soon as a completion date is definite.

posted 8th February 2021

Matthew Searle
 Matthew Searle says:

Any update on that timeline? It's been nine years since I pledged, and I had hoped / expected that the book might be finished by now and ready for editing.

posted 27th July 2021

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Dear Matthew and all DISSENTOFMAN supporters,

yes, indeed, the final draft manuscript has been sent to the Unbound editors, and I await to hear what needs to happen next.

Because of the long life of this project, costs have changed, so my understanding is that the wider Unbound team are being involved in reviewing the budget.

The manuscript is over 150,000 words, covering over 500 pages. It’s a big book to tackle a big subject!

I have also sent copies to some trusted readers and the feedback has been very positive which is an obvious encouragement to any writer, but particularly to this one.

Finally, thank you for your patience. I am truly humbled and grateful that so many of you have stayed with this project, with far too few updates in the latter years.

Hopefully the next post will be the one where we get to discover the publication date! The wait is almost over.


posted 29th July 2021

Matthew Searle
 Matthew Searle says:

Eight months on from the final draft being sent to the editors, any chance of an update?

We're now nearly a decade since I pledged and while they say no news is good news, I fear that isn't the case with this book.

posted 24th March 2022

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Thank you Matthew. I’ve forwarded your comment to my editor whom has the manuscript.

posted 24th March 2022

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