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Press Release: Deals Done
Canongate Acquires Karl Pilkington's 'The Moaning Of Life'

Posted at 2:24PM Thursday 17 Jan 2013

Canongate is delighted to announce a major new book deal with the number one bestselling author and television presenter Karl Pilkington.

THE MOANING OF LIFE will tie in to a 5 x 60' documentary series of the same name, to be aired on Sky 1 HD and Sky 1 this autumn.

After being sent around the world three times by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for An Idiot Abroad, Karl is going it alone on a journey of self-discovery. Now Karl has turned 40 and has officially hit middle age, he's ready to re-assess his life. THE MOANING OF LIFE will see Karl set off around the world to experience how other cultures face up to life's big issues as he makes plans for his future.

Karl Pilkington said: "I've been on the planet for 40 years now, and I'm still none the wiser as to what it's all about. I've never worried about life's big questions. People at my age sit about pondering about 'why are we here?' The only time I ever asked meself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote."

Jamie Byng, Publisher, and Jenny Lord, Senior Editor, acquired World Rights in the book from Tiffany Brown at John Noel Management. The acquisition marks the continuation of a strong relationship formed by the success of Pilkington's previous bestselling titles. Canongate will publish in hardback in September 2013.

Jamie Byng said: "We are all thrilled to be working with Karl on his next project and look forward to building on the remarkable success of the first two books we've published together. Karl is genuinely unique, loved by his many fans and a real joy to publish."

Pilkington's books have been a huge success for Canongate, with combined sales of almost 900,000. AN IDIOT ABROAD and FURTHER ADVENTURES OF AN IDIOT ABROAD have spent a combined 50+ weeks in the Sunday Times top ten.

The BAFTA award-nominated hit TV series AN IDIOT ABROAD is Sky's biggest pay tv show in recent years. It has been broadcast in 33 countries, and DVD sales are nearing 1.5 million.




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