Preface publisher Trevor Dolby has bought world rights to The Frood: A Guide to the Galaxy of Douglas Adams by Jem Roberts, for hardback publication in autumn 2014.
The book follows the author's previous works of comedy history: The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue; and The True History of the Black Adder.
The Frood—defined as an "amazingly together guy" who knows where his towel is—will revisit the story of the fictional universe created by Adams (pictured) from its beginnings to the posthumous sequels and adaptations, with friends and colleagues approached "for a fresh take on the man and his works".
Dolby said: "I'm very lucky to know one or two of Douglas Adams' circle: [producer] John Lloyd particularly, for whom I have unbounded respect and admiration. Over the years I have heard so many stories about Douglas which illuminate his extraordinary character and singular talent.
"Following the wonderful reception of Jem's last book, The True History of the Black Adder, published by Preface in 2012, I'm very pleased to have convinced him that the time is right to gather Douglas' friends and acquaintances round the campfire, share stories and celebrate the man and his greatest work, H2G2."
Roberts said that thought there were "a clutch of great biographies published in the wake of [Adams'] heart-breaking loss", but that "so much time has passed that a whole new celebration of the Universe he created seemed timely and welcome".
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