It’s been a busy last few months for me on the publishing front, which reached it’s summit last week with the release of my second audiobook, Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo.
I sneaked my second big travelogue Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo out at the end of last year, and if you were looking the other way you might have missed it. As someone who writes mostly in their spare time, I don’t really do big book launches and prefer to let my writing filter through the airwaves and speak for itself (if you’ll forgive the pun on a blog post about audiobooks).
Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo hasn’t yet gained the traction of my most popular book Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest. Perhaps it never will – after all, it’s not about Everest but a more obscure mountain that many people have never heard of and fewer still can pronounce. But in my opinion, it’s a better book, with more action and a freer flow of humorous anecdotes. Not everybody likes my jokes – this particular reviewer prefers my books to be more serious – but if you’re a regular reader of my blog who comes here because you like a good giggle, then this book will quickly become your favourite.
The story follows Edita and my attempt to cycle from sea level to the furthest point from the centre of the earth. It’s an affectionate postcard from Ecuador, but a generous portion of the book actually takes place on the mountainous roads of north-east Scotland, following the route of the North Coast 500. In keeping with my other tales, success and failure dance through the story in unequal measure.
You can get hold of the audiobook by clicking on the link below. It’s currently available on Amazon and Audible, and it’s coming to iTunes and a whole host of other stores soon.
Once again, for the audiobook it’s been an utter privilege to work with distinguished actor and James Bond lookalike Philip Battley, whose menagerie of voices will have you choking on mouthfuls of food (if you’re one of those people who like to listen and eat at the same time).
To whet your appetite, here’s Philip giving a comedy masterclass in Nine Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat, a film that looks as surreal as its quantum subject. You can also read an interview with him here, about our previous collaboration, the audiobook of Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest.