Faber to publish Meaning of Liff follow-up

Faber to publish Meaning of Liff follow-up

Faber is set to publish a follow-up to Douglas Adams and John Lloyd’s classic The Meaning of Liff, which has been in print since it was first released 30 years ago.

Written by "QI" creator Lloyd and other friends of Douglas Adams, the new book, Afterliff, will take off where the original finished, compiling a dictionary of words which don’t, but should, exist.

Lloyd has been compiling the book for the past 10 years alongside contributors such as Adams’ daughter Polly and novelist Jon Canter. It follows other sequels to the original book, including the illustrated Deeper Meaning of Liff, both published by Pan. 

Publication in August next year will be supported by a 30th anniversary celebration of the original book on BBC Radio 4 and a live theatre version of new material at the Edinburgh Festival.

All rights for the book were bought by Faber’s associate publisher of fiction, Hannah Griffiths, from the author directly.

Adams died in 2000 at the age of 49, and was best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.