The Salt Path author Raynor Winn has signed a two-book deal with Penguin Michael Joseph following major sales of her previous titles.
The deal for world rights was agreed between publisher Fenella Bates and Jennifer Christie at the Graham Maw Christie Agency.
Raynor’s third book will be published in hardback in autumn 2021. The book will trace the epic walk that Winn and her husband are currently undertaking. There is no detail yet on the second book in the deal.
The news comes as Winn celebrates major sales of her two previous books, The Salt Path and The Wild Silence (both published by PMJ). The author “has reached a phenomenal milestone by selling over one million copies across all formats, including audio and e-book, of both her books in the UK and internationally,” PMJ said. Winn has sold just over 439,000 units for just under £4m, according to Nielsen BookScan.
“The Salt Path has sold in 17 territories and has been a bestseller around the world – selling over 100,000 copies in the Netherlands, and 99,000 copies in Germany,” PMJ said. “The Wild Silence has sold in eight territories and sold over 30,000 copies so far in the Netherlands.”
The Salt Path was recognised by various prizes following publication in 2018, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize and it won the Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize 2018. The Wild Silence was shortlisted for the 2021 Indie Book Awards.
Winn said: “It’s been a huge pleasure to share my books with so many readers worldwide. I have to thank everyone involved in their publication, especially the team at Penguin Michael Joseph, for everything they’ve done.”
Bates said: “The remarkable Raynor Winn is a one-in-a-million author to work with and publish, and now our one-in-a-million author has sold a million books. We are quite simply over the moon to have her hit bestseller lists around the world, as her UK sales go from strength to strength. In just three and a half years, Raynor has gone from being a completely unknown debut author to being a major brand name in nature writing and memoir.
"Jen Christie at Graham Maw Christie has been a brilliant partner in helping us strategically build Raynor’s powerhouse brand around the world, and we are all in countdown mode for Raynor’s third book, which will publish in September next year.”