Those of you in the know, and you know who you are, will be aware that I’ve recently been in talks with a new publisher for my travelogue. I’ve been holding back, apart from the occasional post about progress, because the title wasn’t formally agreed and there were all sorts of publishing things that had to be sorted out. However, most of that is done and they’ve said I can now tell you about it, including the connection between broccoli and cinder used as a surface for car parks.

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The title will be ‘In SatNav We Trust: A search for meaning through the historic counties of England’. The publisher is Unbound, who use a crowd funding model which means that they can work with authors who don’t have an established profile or who want to go in a new direction. Those of you in the know, and you know who you are, will know that I’ve written comic fiction in the past so writing a travelogue is a new direction for me. Writing a travelogue with a philosophical undercurrent is another change although people who read the Hidden Masters might recognise that as a theme that I’m fond of exploring, not least why God puts windy valleys in places where camp sites will later be built.

Unbound have been around since 2011 and in that time they have published people such as Terry Jones and Andy Hamilton and they are currently publishing the comedian Tony Hawks. It’s quite a step forward for me to be in this exalted company. While we have plans to draw support from the readers of Unbound’s existing authors I’m really going to need you folks to help me out here. Only you guys can make this happen, Tony Hawkes has his supporters, I’ve got you guys.

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The book tackles life’s big questions of science and religion, whether invaders prefer straight or twisty roads, while finding out what happens if you get on a speedboat with two drunk blokes with no plan how to get off. These and other questions will not be answered without your help. In the coming weeks I’ll be contacting you for your support, by pledging you will help make this project happen and become a patron of the arts; what’s more by telling others you’ll ensure these important answers reach the widest possible audience.

My page on Unbound will go live in a couple of weeks, but if you want to know what the publishing industry think take a look at this article from a few years ago.