Some good news from this week’s Bookseller magazine, the trade paper for the publishing industry. Travel writing, it seems, is even more popular than it was before. “Despite and economic slowdown and rising consumer debt,” says the Bookseller, “the attraction of leaving it all behind, if only for a while, remains strong”.
Sales figures indicate that Attention All Shipping was the seventh biggest-selling travel book in the country in the first six months of this year (which ain’t bad considering it only came out in May). Of the six books higher in the charts, only one, Griff Rhys Jones’s To The Baltic With Bob, is not tied in to a television series.
Shipping comes in ahead of Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Small Island and Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure.
I am now off to the caff for a fry-up and a cup of tea so strong you stand a spoon in it. I know how to celebrate, me.