My book is finally coming out!
Nearly one year after Adventures in Anglotopia was ‘finished’ I have found my efforts to find an agent and publisher to be fruitless (‘there’s no market for it’ was the common refrain). But I want this book out in the world. I’ve been sitting on it for too long. A global pandemic when people might have more time to read (well, I certainly don’t) seemed as good a time as any to release the book. So, I have decided to let Anglotopia be the publisher (through IngramSpark).
The book will be coming out on June 1st, 2020. It will be available from all major booksellers as a hardcover book and eBook (a trade paperback version will follow next year). I’ve spent the last two months laying out the hardcover book and I’m holding the proof in my hands and I’m really chuffed with how it’s turned out. It’s quite something for a book I imagined several years ago, to be a thing sitting in my hands. It’s a proper hardcover with a nice dust jacket and everything.
I’ve written about the book in passing for the last couple of years (it was largely written in 2018). But for those who don’t remember or didn’t read about it, it’s called Adventures in Anglotopia: The Makings of an Anglophile. When I set out to write a proper book a few years ago, one question dogged my mind: why am I such an Anglophile? Why do I love a country not my own so much? This book is an answer to that question and takes the reader on a journey through British history and culture, through the frame of 20 years of travel in Britain.
There’s something for everyone in the book, it’s part-memoir, part-history exploration, part-travel stories. There are stories and topics in the book I’ve not written about on Anglotopia. I write about stately homes, getting lost in the countryside, the joys of driving in the UK, cultural observations, British TV and film, and so much more. It’s a wide-ranging exploration of why someone like me loves Britain so much.
As we march towards the release date, you’ll see lots of content coming from Anglotopia about the book. I will be writing a long-form article about the journey I went on to write the book. There are a few chapters that didn’t make the cut, and I will share them. As well as excerpts of key chapters to give you an idea of what to expect. The success of this book is very important to me personally, so you will see me banging on about it for quite some time. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of other content on Anglotopia and Londontopia to check out.
So, where can you buy the book? Well, everywhere. The platform we’re using to publish the book distributes them through Ingram, one of the biggest book distributors. So, you can get the book in all the usual places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, etc. However, and this is important to us as we love small independent bookstores, you can order the book through your local bookshop as well. They can order the book for you like they would any other book – just give them the title or the ISBN number. You can go through Indiebound as well and order through there.
If you pre-order on Amazon, you should have the book on or near the release date (depending on how Covid-19 affects shipping, books are a lower priority right now). Amazon may even discount the book (and it will be covered under pre-order price guarantee) but we have no control over the pricing they end up charging.
You will be able to get the eBook on all the eBook platforms, including Kindle, Nook, and Apple Books. eBooks are great, but the pictures aren’t as great in the eBook version – each chapter in the print version has a carefully selected picture to go with it – you don’t get than in the eBook. As of today, you can’t pre-order the eBook yet as I’m still getting it ready. I’ll post when it’s live.
It doesn’t matter what way you read the book – I make the same amount of money whatever version you buy (I earn a royalty for each copy sold, even when we sell it).
You can also pre-order a signed copy of the book from us, which is the preferable way to do it. We’re also going to stock a small number of copies in our online store that will come signed. These will ship right after the release date (and we’ll follow Covid-19 health precautions when signing and shipping).
I will say more about the book as the month of May goes on but for now, you can pre-order it. Please do! It’s a real thing that’s coming out in the world. I’m very excited to finally be sharing it with everyone. And I hope you all like it.
Here are the book details:
- Hardcover: 290 pages
- Publisher: Anglotopia LLC (June 1, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985477083
- ISBN-13: 978-0985477080
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
Where to Buy Links:
Bookshop.org: Adventures in Anglotopia: The Makings of an Anglophile
Book Depository (ships worldwide): Adventures in Anglotopia – Global Shipping
Here’s the table of contents to give you an idea of what’s in the book:
- The First Time
- Notes from a Wiltshire Pub
- Finding a Hometown in England, Shaftesbury
- The County Without a Motorway
- Rights of Way
- Dreaming of Aquatint Spires
- English Miles
- The Churchillian
- Christmas on Gold Hill
- Riding in Black Taxis
- An English Cottage
- The 4,000-Mile Commute to Work
- Ordnance Survey Maps: A Love Affair
- Railways to Nowhere
- Great British Weather
- British Newspapers: A Love Story
- Tea Time
- English Time
- Turner, Constable, and Learning to Love Art
- Mr. Bean and Doctor Who, or British Telly, A Love Story
- Loving a Landscape
- English Composers and Classic FM
- The Boy Who Lived and Lived
- English Silence
- A Love Letter to the Tube
- Provincial Museums
- Tut-tutting and Taking the Piss
- English Summers are Better Than All Other Possible Summers
- The Age of Things
- The Lake District
- The Stately Home
- The Queen and All That
- Finding My Roots in Durham
- Why Don’t You Just Move Here?
- A Love of Englishness
- My British Dream