Sceptre has acquired a book about the weather from Tristan Gooley, whose books about interpreting the natural world have included The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs and How to Read Water.
Sceptre acquired British Commonwealth rights (including serial and audio) in the new book on the weather plus a second as-yet-untitled work in a two-book deal negotiated by literary agent Sophie Hicks.
Gooley’s books have sold 235,082 copies for £2.35m through Nielsen BookScan's UK TCM, while his work has also has been published in the US, Germany, Poland, Spain (and Catalan), Italy, France, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Russia and Estonia.
His new book will be published by Sceptre in hardback, e-book and audio in April 2021 and the untitled follow-up in 2023.
In a new initiative to reach a larger audience for Gooley's work, the author has also been working with Hachette Audio publisher Dominic Gribben to create a series of podcasts recorded as he journeys through the British countryside. The podcast, "The Pursuit of Outdoor Clues", launched on May Day and ranked number one in Apple’s Nature podcast chart.
Gooley said: "Weather feels like the perfect companion to The Walker's Guide and How to Read Water. After all, weather is one of the few constants in this very uncertain world—and it’s very sustaining for me as an author that Sceptre have shown such faith in me. The podcasts have also been enormously exciting to create—finding new ways of sharing my experiences is very important to me."
His editor Rupert Lancaster commented: "Publishing Tristan has been a highlight of my publishing career. I enormously admire the way he communicates both insight and information through his books, events and his website The Natural Navigator. We’re delighted that we not only have two new books to enthral and inform his many admirers, but also that Tristan has grasped the opportunity of the podcasts to create something genuinely original."