Michael Joseph has bought a memoir from Jake Tyler, the mental health advocate, adventurer, runner, walker and depression sufferer who made headlines when he embarked on a 3,000-mile journey around the UK.
Non-fiction publisher Charlotte Hardman acquired world rights for A Walk From The Wild Edge from Jo Bell at Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. It will be published in hardback on 18th March 2021.
The publisher said: “After coming terrifyingly close to suicide, Jake decided to take back control of his life from the clutches of depression. With only his running gear and a backpack, he stepped out of his house in Brighton and began his epic adventure. The journey that followed is a remarkable tale of self-discovery, physical endurance, and more than anything—human nature—as Jake introduces us to the incredible array of people and the kindness he encountered on the way.”
Alongside his epic walk, Tyler's TedX talk "‘I’m fine’—Learning To Live With Depression" has gained nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube. He has also hosted his own show on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, “Open Up with Jake Tyler”, with guests including Matt Haig, and hosted a podcast titled "People are F***ing Awesome!”
He said: “It means the world to be given the opportunity to tell my story, in my own words. What I went through—becoming so overwhelmed by depression that I thought that suicide was the only way out—can happen to anybody. What I learnt about myself, about humanity and about the world we all share as I traversed Great Britain equipped me with the tools I need to ensure a safe way out, should I ever find myself in that dark place again. I hope the message behind my story has potential to ring true and inspire people, and in doing so I hope that my steps will help pave the way to a more normalised mental health narrative. I have learnt to speak with raw, unapologetic honesty during the writing process, which has been challenging and scary at times, but will serve the integrity of the story best.”
Hardman added: “Jake’s story is a very special book that beautifully weaves together nature, travel and mental health into a beautifully honest, funny and engaging narrative. Jake’s journey around the whole of Britain is no mean feat. Along the way—and in his TedX talk since—he helped a lot of people open up about their own struggles with their mental health and I am certain that he will do the same with his powerful book. I’m very proud of Jake for writing the book that he has and I am looking forward to publishing A Walk from the Wild Edge.”
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