28 March 2012
Good Morning Everybody
I‘ve resolved to keep you informed with media and website updates etc, but from now on I’ll spare you the blow-by-blow account of my movements, and especially my love life (because I keep getting myself in trouble).
From now on I’ll focus my energy on elaborating and clarifying the optimistic, big-picture world view I regard as a level-headed assessment of the modern world, through articles, analysis and shooting my mouth off about a wider range of topics.
- Following HotHive Book’s demise, I’m set up with a new publisher – SRA Books. The Jolly Pilgrim will remain permanently available in all good book shops and on all major ebook formats.
- Despite dire warnings to the contrary, my right arm made a miraculous recovery. I put this down to a positive mental attitude, constant exercise, healthy eating, plenty of sleep and X-man-like powers of regeneration. My sling was confiscated. Joy.
- I’ll be doing various talks/festivals later this year, as well as the Olympics closing ceremony and four George Michael numbers at Peacefest 2012.
- I got a literary agent – one approached me after reading the book.
- CLICK HERE for why I favour the CE/BCE dating system, over the AC/BC system (people keep asking).
At the bottom of this email are quotes from some of my favourite reviews. Attached is the excerpt (from Part 10) carrying the book’s core message – about not comparing the real world to a fanciful, imaginary one in our heads, but to see ourselves as revolutions in a Gaiaistic circle of life, spinning down the aeons.
Remember: the world you see around you is not defined by an economic rebalancing from west to east, climate change or a clash of civilisations. Those things are just incidents, implicit to a short slice of history, between the invention of agriculture and the human world turning into whatever it’s going to turn into.
And what a world it is.
Buy the book
“A next-generation travelogue.”
- The Stag (Surrey University)
“A mind-blowing read.”
- Redbrick Travel (The University of Birmingham)
“A truly inspiring book.”
“Reading this book may change the way you think about the world.”
- The Actuarial Post
“An intriguing travelogue – part adventure story, part reflective musings.”
- National Geographic Traveller
“I was enthralled.”
- Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
“A crazy cycle trip across Europe resulted in a grand exploration of the world.”
- The Essex County Standard
“Suggests a different way of looking at the problems we face today.”
- London Student (University of London)
“A real-life odyssey. A jolly read indeed.”
- Travel Ideas Magazine