Thursday, 20 April 2017

There is No Map in Hell – Part 2

So the release date of my book is two weeks away. I am excited that I will finally get my hands on the actual book on Friday when I go to the Vertebrate offices in Sheffield to sign lots of them. Although it will be a novelty for me to sign a book, I think it might become a bit tedious after a while.
Choosing a book title is often really hard but I have been very lucky that the title “There is No Map in Hell” came when I had only just started writing it and for this I need to thank Tara Vallente.  My children were playing a computer game at Tara’s house with her children. In one of the games there was a world they were travelling around with a map to show the way. But there was a part of the world called hell without any map. One of the children shouted out  “There is no Map in Hell” and Tara immediately said that it would be a great title for my book. Luckily the publishers, Vertebrate also liked the title.

Maps have been a key part of my life since I started orienteering aged seven. I love maps and can spend hours looking at maps. If I have to travel the map to me is like an instruction manual showing me the way. However, when I started to suffer really badly whilst running the Wainwrights there was no instructions manual or map telling me how to cope with the pain and carry on pushing hard. I needed to work it out as I went along. 

I am also excited that the book launch is taking place at Wilf’s café on 18 May at 7pm. At the moment there are about 10-15 tickets available at: