Ebury to publish posthumous sequel to Who Moved My Cheese?

Ebury to publish posthumous sequel to Who Moved My Cheese?

Vermilion has acquired a new fable by Spencer Johnson, author of Ebury’s all-time bestseller Who Moved My Cheese?

The posthumous sequel, entitled Out of the Maze, includes many of the characters from the original self-help phenomenon and will help readers learn how to adapt their beliefs and achieve better results in any field.

Johnson, who died last July, wrote the blockbuster Who Moved My Cheese? in 1998. The parable - featuring two mice, "Sniff" and "Scurry", and two little people, "Hem" and "Haw" - is about embracing change, and grew out of a story Johnson had told family and friends and used in speeches. It went on to sell more than 28 million copies worldwide.

Ebury has promised the sequel to the book will be "a major international event". It publishes on 4th September, alongside Portfolio in the US, as a £9.99 hardback and coincides with the 20th anniversary of Who Moved My Cheese?. 

The deal for UK and Commonwealth rights was done by Susanna Abbott, publishing director of Vermilion, with Tom Dussel at Portfolio, Penguin Random House US.

Susanna Abbott, publishing director of Vermilion, said: "The publication of Spencer Johnson’s new fable is going to be a major international event. He inspired millions of people with his characters searching for cheese in the maze and we are sure Out of the Maze will become a new classic. Dr Johnson is sadly missed but he leaves behind an impressive legacy that will continue to inspire generations of readers for years to come. As his publisher of 20 years we are immensely proud of the part we have played in helping him become one of the most influential self-help authors of all time."