Saturday, 9 May 2015
A Surprise from China
A surprise package arrived in the post today. A Chinese edition of The Backpacker's Handbook. I had heard last year that such a version existed and I did ask the publishers about it but heard nothing until today. It's a big book, some hundred pages longer than the English version. I can't read it of course but it does look good!
As far as I know this is the first time any of my books have been translated into another language. I must admit I never thought the first one would be Chinese. I presume the gentleman pictured on the flyleaf must be the translator. To him, many thanks. I find it quite startling and flattering that my book is available in Chinese in China.
In a note in English it says that this edition is jointly published by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) and Post and Telecommunications Press. A Google search reveals that the latter is a big Chinese publisher founded in 1953. The note also says that this edition is only authorized for sale in the People's Republic of China, excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.