The pen replaces the machete.

I arrived back a week ago yesterday and this is the first time I’ve felt composed enough to write my first blog from Blighty. The whirlwind of interviews has now stopped and its time to take a deep breath and plan out the next few months.

I move into a lovely flat in Stockwell with an old friend in a week and it will be the perfect place to write my book from. A small roof terrace overlooking the London skyline where I can set up my laptop – a fridge stocked full of nice homely food. Then up to Leicestershire each weekend to play rugby and see family and friends. Its so nice to be back.

Virgin Book are my publishers and we met yesterday to discuss the book. I need to produce 80,000 words by mid November so that the book will be on sale in spring. I’m very excited about the luxury of devoting so much time to one work. A first idea of the cover is below but Julian, my book agent from LAW, is pushing to keep “Walking the…” in the title.

Hog roast this weekend in Leicestershire – a great group going and still some tickets available from Janet –

All the money raised will go to the charities now. I feel uncomfortable accepting donations for Cho’s wages now that I’m home and the future is looking very bright.

Hoping to speak to Cho today. He’s in Lima with Marlene collating everything he needs for a fantastic visa application. All going well he’ll be here by mid October.


*NB Added September 2010: The book title is indeed now “Walking the Amazon” and it will come out in hardback in March 2011.