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The COVID effect – We’re not giving up!

2020 has been the most most challenging year in the history of publishing.  COVID-19 arrived without warning and, in our case, lockdown came at a critical point in the life of Angus Winchester’s book , THE LANGUAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE.   We worked hard to have the book printed, launched, reviewed and in the shops before Christmas and our efforts were quickly rewarded  by  excellent attendances at events to publicise its arrival and very encouraging sales.   The Words by the Water Festival in Keswick held in early March, just days before everything changed, attracted an audience which filled the main theatre. The future looked bright, particularly as Angus had scheduled a significant number of talks in forthcoming months.  And then the world was turned upside down by Covid lockdown.  To begin with sales momentum continued, with orders coming in on-line helped by a succession of very good reviews (see my last Post) and the efforts of hard-working booksellers. In April, Angus appeared on Countrystride, the wonderful podcast series from David Felton of Inspired by Lakeland and outdoor writer, Mark Richards. It is really worth listening to – as well as all Countrystride episodes (countrystride.podbeam.com).   Sales have slowed down as months have gone by but Handstand Press doesn’t give up and we are now working on an ebook and audio version of THE LANGUAGE OF THE LANDSCAPE.  These will become available and accessible to new audiences early in 2021. Look out too for some VIRTUAL events in which Angus will be taking part. We won’t let COVID beat us and this is such an important book it is worth the effort.