I’ve had some queries about the book’s weight – I understand hikers are loathe to carry unnecessary grams. The book only weights 280g. Minimising the weight was a large factor in the book’s size (18.4×12.5cm), weight considerations also dictated the font size, layout, paper type and number of pages (188). Hopefully I have got the balance about right in terms of information verses weight.
In the past I had been a bit obsessed with pack-weight too. When backpacking around Europe I tore out whole sections out of my Lonely Planet ‘Western Europe’ as I finished with them – goodbye England, Auf Wiedersehen Germany, Adios Spain. These days I’m a bit easier going, figuring a bit of extra weight means a bit of extra exercise. Anyhow, now I’m an author I can’t bear tear out pages, the loss of a single page seems like a terrible crime that leaves a book fatally crippled. At 280g, I hope I don’t see too many pages of my book dumped in dunnies or drifting like tumbleweeds along the track.
Warwick, December 7th 2010 |
It’s strange sending a book into the world, I can no longer edit the content or ease its passage – it is out there on its own. It’s exciting, if not a little odd to see it on bookshelves ready to be bought by complete strangers. I feel like I need to chaperone the text, escort it home and hang around, helpfully explaining the background and thinking behind each paragraph. Too late, the book now needs to stand alone.
Yes, The Overland Track guidebook was launched at Fullers bookshop on Thursday 2 December. Thank you to the 30 or so fine folk who came for the occasion. Adam Croser generously did the honours of foisting the book upon the public, reflecting on the significance the walk has played in his life and the deep, spiritual pleasure wilderness hikes like the Overland bring.
At the launch I had the opportunity to chat with quite a few guests, and a good-looking bunch they were too. One older gent, Derrick, has completed the walk 80 times. Eighty! I’m thinking of calling the next edition of the book, Derrick’s Track. It was also great to meet Mike Thow, the herpetologist who kindly contributed his snake photos for the book, and who had drove clear across Tasmania to be at the launch. Mike has won a stack of prizes for his amazing snake photos and you can see why if you get your eyeballs around a book or check out his website http://www.allaboutreptiles.com.au/
I’d also like to thank Fuller’s bookshop, frankly the best bookshop in the world – full of people so friendly they’ll make you blush.
I had a great night and hope others did too. Next stop for the launch jugganut, Bogong in Melbourne!
Warwick, December 5th 2010 |
We have a couple of great guest speakers for the Tassie Launch, Trevor Norris, former head ranger of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, and Overland Veteran Adam Croser, who has walked the track 25 times. Both these gentleman generously helped with the book, so it will be interesting to get their perspective on the finished guide. For those who haven’t done the track, I will also be putting together a bit of a slideshow to give you an understanding of the walk – and the pleasures that lie ahead!
Warwick, November 26th 2010 |
Are you in Tassie and thinking of going on the Overland Track this summer? Then join Warwick and the team at Fullers Bookshop for the launch of The Overland Track.
Where: Fullers Bookshop, 131 Collins St, Hobart, TAS
When: Thursday 2 December @ 6pm
Red Dog Books, November 19th 2010 |
Join Warwick and the team at Bogong Equipment for the launch of The Overland Track.
Where: Bogong Equipment, 374 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC
When: Wednesday 8 December @ 6pm
Pick up a copy of the book, and get all your gear at the same time!
Red Dog Books, November 19th 2010 |