HarperNonFiction has bought a “unique” escapist’s guide to climbing trees for a “strong five-figure sum” in a “hotly contested” five-publisher auction.
The Treeclimber’s Guide to London by Jack Cooke can be read as “either a practical guide or a daydreamer’s handbook”.
Publishing director Jack Fogg bought world rights to the book from Claudia Young at Greene and Heaton.
The book will be a “charming account of the 80 or so trees” Cooke has climbed in and around London over the last year, and will be illustrated in black and white line drawings by Cooke’s wife Jennifer.
Fogg said: “Jack’s book is truly one of a kind. He writes beautifully on nature and its convergence with city life, and brings an elegant, lyrical and unassuming tone to his writing which fits perfectly with the subject. I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing him and am looking forward to editorial meetings in Hyde Park, 50ft above sea level.”
The Treeclimber’s Guide to London will be published in spring 2016.