Dan Richards' exploration of wilderness to Canongate

Dan Richards' exploration of wilderness to Canongate

Canongate has acquired a new non-fiction book by Dan Richards called Outpost.

The publisher acquired world rights to the title from Carrie Plitt at Felicity Brown Associates. The book will be edited by editorial director Simon Thorogood.

Outpost is Richards’s tour of different wilderness outposts across the world: from the bothies of the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland to Icelandic houses of joy, the desert of New Mexico and the fire-lookout cabin on top of Desolation Peak in Washington, which served as Jack Kerouac’s inspiration for Alone on a Mountaintop. In a witty and thought-provoking exploration, Richards uses each location as a staging point to consider our fascination with wilderness and isolation, and our relationship with landscapes and the landmarks we leave in them.

Richards’ previous books include Climbing Days (Faber), which published in Spring 2016, and Holloway (Faber), co-authored with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood.

Richards said: "I'm delighted to be writing Outpost for Canongate. I've felt very welcomed by Simon and his team. They publish so many writers I adore and I'm thrilled to know my book has a home with the likes of Lanark, Sombrero Fallout, Hope in the Dark, and Beatlebone."

Thorogood said: "Outpost is a book that examines why we are fascinated by wilderness, and how wilderness can be a force for creativity: one that has inspired literature, art, music and more. It is Dan’s unique talent that he can bring all these worlds, themes and places together into a compelling narrative, that itself inspires."

Plitt said: "This is going to be a very special book, and I’m delighted that it will be published by Simon at Canongate. They have a history of innovative publishing and wonderfully idiosyncratic books, and for those reasons I know this is the right home for Outpost."

Canongate will publish the title in April 2019.