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WRITER, CONSULTANT AND BROADCASTER SPECIALISING IN BEER, PUBS AND CIDER. BEER WRITER OF THE YEAR 2009 AND 2012

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Pledges for my new beer book - Miracle Brew - are now closed. Book is out 1st June and available for pre-order here.
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

'Miracle Brew' is coming - at last!

My first book about beer since 2009 hits UK shelves next week - and North America later this year.


It's been a long wait - nearly two and a half years - for those who pledged when I first announced that I was publishing my new beer book through crowd-funding publisher Unbound. 

Ironically, from announcing the book and opening pledges to the date of publication, its taken about a year less than any of my first three beers books took to research and write. Books like these take you down a long and lonely road. 

There was a degree of consternation over the decision to crowdfund a book. Did it mean I couldn't get published in a traditional way? (No.) What do investors get? (A book, for the price of a book, with your name listed in the back.) Was it vanity publishing? (No - in many ways, it's the opposite.) But quite quickly, enough people pledged - around 530 - so that Unbound could give it the green light. 

Those who did pledge should be receiving their copies this week. (If that's you, please tweet or post when you get it!) The book is also available to pre-order on Amazon,  and because Unbound have a distribution deal with Penguin Random House, it'll be in bookshops just like any other book from Thursday 1st June.

I did have a few readers in North America complain about the shipping cost when they tried to pledge for the book - for some, it was more than the book itself. The good news there is that Chelsea Green, a publisher that has produced some of my favourite food and drink books, has just bought the North American rights to Miracle Brew and they'll be publishing a slightly tweaked* edition in the autumn - sorry, fall - probably early October, and it looks like I'll be doing an American publicity tour to support it! Maybe see you at the Great American Beer Festival.

I'm enormously proud of this book. In terms of tone and content, it picks up on elements of Man Walks into a Pub, Three Sheets to the Wind and Hops & Glory, but also reflects the fact that I'm a decade older than when I wrote those books. The first was a history book about beer, the second a travel book about beer, and the third combined the two with a bit extra. Judged by the same standard, this is a science and nature book about beer, with a lot of travel and history, and plenty of extra, all thrown in. At 400 pages long it's a chunky bastard - just like its author these days...

I daresay I'll be writing more here about it soon. 

* Because references to a cheeky Nando's with the Archbishop of Banterbury still aren't travelling that well. 

Miracle Brew is published in the UK by Unbound on 1st June, hardback, RRP £16.99

4 comments:

John Clarke said...

Got a ticket for your talk at Carnivale Brettanomyces so really looking forward to this.

En_Croute said...

Mike's arriving today! #excited

David said...

Have ordered a copy to support me old mate...

Ian Laker said...

Received and ready to read just as soon as I've finished re-reading Three Sheets to the Wind! At some stage I'll recommence The Apple Orchard too! Glad to be a contributor, Pete.