Sphere has landed a book of “fun and fiendish” puzzles based on AA road maps.
The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book will be published by the Little, Brown imprint on 17th October.
It was written and collated by the AA’s former head of publishing, Helen Brocklehurst, and promises readers a chance to “uncover the history of Britain’s roads as you work your way around its highways, byways, bypasses and backwaters in a series of map-based challenges”. The book includes cryptic clues from the Times crossword compiler Richard Rogan.
Catherine Burke, deputy m.d. of Little, Brown Book Group, scooped world rights direct from the AA and Brocklehurst.
She said: “From producing the first road signs to its bestselling atlases and touring guides, the AA have been helping motorists navigate British roads since 1905 – and no one knows Britain’s roads better. It has been brilliant working with the AA and Helen on this fantastic book of fun and fiendish road map puzzles.”
Brocklehurst added: “Being able to draw on the AA’s rich archive of mapping materials has made writing these puzzles absolutely fascinating, with routes and touring guides stretching back to the earliest days of British motoring.”
The AA’s head of publishing Phil Carroll said: “We are incredibly proud of our bestselling road atlases and the expertise of the AA’s cartography team. It’s great to think that drivers across Britain will be taking a closer look at AA mapping as they tackle these puzzles this Christmas.”