Quiller has taken on the licence for the Tottering-by-Gently series of books by cartoonist Annie Tempest, based on the popular feature which appears in Country Life magazine each week.
The handbook and gift book publisher will publish the first new title in April called Tottering in the Garden. This will be followed by a co-operation with countryside campaigner and author Robin Page, which will see Tempest illustrate his book Why Labradors Smile, slated for July publication.
Andrew Johnston, m.d. of Quiller, was granted the licensing by Raymond O’Shea, founder and c.e.o. of the Tottering-by-Gently.
Johnston told The Bookseller: “Annie’s books have been published by Francis Lincoln (now part of Quarto) and Orion. She has an enormous following and so it’s a win-win.”
O’Shea said: “Approaching the end of our 25th Anniversary year, I am excited to be working with Quiller Publishing using Annie’s extensive archive to produce themed books on her perennial favourite subjects – dogs, field sports, diet, ageing, gardening, food and wine and many more. I am thrilled to be collaborating with Quiller which is a family run business very much in keeping with the Tottering-by-Gently ethos.”
Johnston added: “We are really delighted to be appointed to publish the future books for Annie Tempest, whose work I have long admired. Her wonderfully vivid and humorous cartoons and illustrations are a perfect fit for our Quiller list and will appeal right across the board to our target market.”