When I wrote my India book I wanted to experiment with telling the story in lots of different ways. The book was different to normal travel books and I wanted the way the story unfolded to be different too.
Journeys are linear, chronological things. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end.Â Books are exactly the same. It’s a perfect fit. Start at the start. Keep going till you get to the end.
And this is one of the reasons why so many travel books are very boring.
I wanted to try to find a way to tell this story differently. I decided to write the entire book as though it was one day, one cycle of 24 hours. But I really wanted to find a non-linear way to tell the tale. And I found it.
So I was very excited at the chance to turn my ordinary book into a ‘mappazine’ – laying text and photographs from the journey on the classic ‘fold out’ Ordnance Survey map that’s so well-known to anyone who loves the outdoors.
The result was fabulous. It looked great and was such a novel, exciting way to tell a story.
So I ordered 5000 of them! I was going to be RICH!
A huge lorry arrived and filled my home with box after box after box.
Fabulous though a mappazine may be, nobody has ever heard of them. So nobody bought them!
Three years after taking that vast shipment I still have almost all of them, unsold and bulky, in my home. (I would make a terrible business man).
Whenever people get their hands on one, they love them. They are tactile, unusual and beautiful. But selling them online has been a disaster! So I am now just trying to cut my losses.
I’m selling 5 mappazines for Â£5 (RRP Â£5 each) which is losing me money but helping to reclaim some space in my house! I hope you might like them as unusual gifts or stocking-fillers.
(And let me know if you fancy buying 100 or even 1000 of the bloody things!)
Go on then, I’ll take five off your hands…
The prices below include postage and packing.