Pan Macmillan has acquired a non-fiction title by Man Booker-shortlisted novelist and journalist Philip Hensher, about handwriting and penmanship.
Publisher Jon Butler commissioned the title as a standalone project through Georgia Garrett at Rogers, Coleridge and White, buying world rights.
The book, The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why It Still Matters, will be published in hardback by Macmillan on 11th October 2012. It will look at our relationship with handwriting from the 19th century to the present day, and the evangelists of fine writing from Victorian Platt Rogers Spencer, who travelled American preaching the "moral worth of cursive penmanship", to modern reformer Marion Richardson.
Butler said: "In a world where people are increasingly swapping pens, letters and love notes for typing with their thumbs, Philip's book is itself a love letter to the lost art of handwriting . . .
"Philip's winning blend of erudition and humour looks set to make The Missing Ink the 'dark horse' bestselling non-fiction book of this Christmas."