Fellow South London blogger Vince and Andy better known for their wiley words at http://www.southlondonblog.co.uk/ have landed a publishing deal.
Slacker storytellers, Deserter, have signed with Unbound to release their first book, Today South London, Tomorrow South London, featuring their unique portraits of life below the river. Readers have the opportunity to support their crowdfunded project at: www.unbound.com/books/deserter/
London is one of the most written about cities in the world. Some of London, anyway. South London has been a slum, a resort and a neglected annexe of the capital. But only now in the 21st century has it forged its own identity and purpose. And only now is this wonky wonderland going to get the book it deserves.
Founded in 2014 by former media exec, Andrew Grumbridge (Channel 4, Virgin Radio), and his work-shy colleague, Vincent Raison, Deserter quickly became essential reading for thousands of South Londoners looking to get more out of life by doing less.
Soon Deserter had its own beer, Deserter IPA (created with Southey Brewing, Penge), which is sold across South London. Legendary social nights followed and now a film version of one of their stories is in development. Their podcast, Deserter Pubcast, was named 7th Most Essential Podcast of 2017 by Esquire. And this year they will appear at Brixton BookJam as well as hosting evenings at two South London film festivals.
Today South London, Tomorrow South London will incorporate updated material from their blog as well as brand new urban adventures, offbeat days out and snapshots of the transpontine at a remarkable point in its history – a time when it just might be where the fun is.
Supporters include Jay Rayner, Jenny Eclair and Professor Green. The broadcaster Ned Boulting, who has agreed to write the book’s foreword, said: “Anyone with London in their hearts, especially the mystifyingly under-appreciated southeast, should read Deserter on a regular basis… Total genius.”
Andrew Grumbridge said:
“I am very excited to be working with Unbound although I have been advised that writing a book will take some effort on our part, which has rather taken the sheen off proceedings.”
Vincent Raison said:
“With its tales of bunking off early, messing about in the city and devising perfect pub crawls, I feel I have been researching this book ever since I retired, aged 28.”
Unbound is a crowdfunding organisation who has published over 300 books by connecting authors with their readers. Provided Deserter’s campaign to provide a humorous guide to the less-beaten paths south of the river is successful, their book will be published later in 2018. Readers can become a part of boozy literary history by pledging to support their project at www.unbound.com/books/deserter/.