November 17, 2011
I can now announce that I’ve found a publisher for the eventual book of this journey. I contacted Arcadia Books because of their connection with Paddy — he came to their office some years ago to dictate his foreword to Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy — and they loved the project and really got what I’m trying to do. I’ve been to see agents and publishers before and it’s always been a dispiriting experience (‘the market’s in a bad way at the moment, but do please keep in touch’), so seeing that people are actually excited by this as an idea — and even better, believe it can sell — has been pretty uplifting. I can’t say exactly when the book will come out, but most probably around six months after I finish walking.
Arcadia publishes world literature and travel, and is a winner of the Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year and the Independent Publishers’ Guild Diversity Award. Most important of all, they make beautiful books. I know they will be a good home for my journey to return to.