Sidey fundraising hits target

Sidey fundraising hits target

An Unbound appeal to raise money to publish the late Paul Sidey’s first book has reached its fundraising target.

Sidey, former editorial director of Hutchinson, wrote a number of books between his retirement from publishing and his death from cancer in September 2014.

An appeal was set up in mid-January on crowd-funding website Unbound to raise money to publish The Book of Wag, a cross between a family memoir and fiction.

Sidey's widow Marianne Velmans, publishing director at Doubleday, said: “It is really wonderful to see that so many of Paul's friends, colleagues and authors, and mine - as well as quite a lot of names I don't recognise, too - have helped us get The Book of Wag fully funded for publication by Unbound.

“It has taken only two months, from the time it was put up on the site on the day of Paul's memorial celebration on 16th January, to reach 100% of the target. It is no exaggeration that seeing this book published was his final wish, and he would have loved knowing that so many people wanted to contribute to make it come true.”

A total of 249 pledges of between £10 and £300 each have been made, and people are still able to donate.

The Book of Wag covers the Western Front, the Second World War and “up to the political tumult of the ‘70s”, says the description. It is narrated by Wag, a veteran of the First World War, and his nephew Jack.

Sidey worked at Hutchinson for 31 years, where his authors included Ruth Rendell and the late Richard Attenborough. He retired in early 2012.