Tonto Books has acquired a non-fiction title which will chart a charity runner's journey across America.
World rights were acquired directly from the writer Mark Allison by publisher Stu Wheatman.
The book, provisionally entitled Run For Home, follows self-professed "overweight, pie-loving, football-mad Geordie" Alison as he attempts to run from California to New York, aiming to complete the journey in 100 days. He will run an average of 31 miles a day and is aiming to raise £25,000, to be divided between St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation.
Wheatman said: "Mark is a true one-off. So far, he has covered hundreds of miles raising money for charity. . .
"We're going to be writing the book as he runs, sending it to print and aim to launch it as he completes the 3,100 miles in New York. It's a long shot, but it might just work."
Tonto Books will publish in September.