Two Roads signed wildlife and adventure broadcaster Steve Backshall’s “ultimate handbook for raising wilder, happier, muddier, more resilient kids,” written with his wife, two-time Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover.
Publishing director Kate Hewson has bought the worldwide rights, excluding the United States and Canada, from Julian Alexander of the Soho agency and Hugo Jafari of Ignite Sport.
Taking you through different environments and activities to explore, says the editor Let’s Wild: How to Raise Your Family in the Wild offers a collection of ideas big and small for kids of all ages that will inspire them and their parents to become more involved with nature and wildlife.
With contributions from Bear Grylls, Ed Stafford, Sir Chris Hoy, Judy Murray, Michaela Strachan, Gordon Buchanan, Caroline Lucas, Wayne Bridge and many more, the publisher describes the book as a map to a more adventurous and wild.
Hewson said: “While locking three people in an apartment with a toddler, I had basically started stalking Steve and Helen’s Instagrams for ideas on what to do outside with a child. Steve and Helen’s family life is exceptionally wild, but what’s so wonderful about the book they’ve written is how open, accessible and fun it is – whether examining a beetle in the garden or to take a child on a kayak. It’s going to open up a whole new world for people who might not otherwise consider themselves Wildlings.
Backshall, best known for presenting ‘Deadly 60’ on CBBC, said: “During the first lockdown, when our time outdoors was rationed, nature became more precious. People were thirsty for the outdoors, beaten to make the most of nature, half-remembered things they did as kids and now wanted to do with their own little ones I’m a new parent, but I been creating wildlife programs for kids for 20 years; it’s a pleasure to share some of these ideas, tips and life hacks with a new generation of families.
Backshall is an explorer, naturalist, presenter and writer who has wrote a YA series for Orion Children’s and Deadly 60 books (Bloomsbury Wildlife), plus an adult non-fiction title, dispatch (BBC Books). glover is Britain’s former number one rower who won Olympic gold twice, as well as being a World, World Cup and European record holder. She was also the first mother to return to the Olympic rowing team – a year after having twins and training alone at home during lockdown.
She says: “It’s a book for everyone – from weary parents looking for ideas to inspired families looking for adventure – and I love the idea of this well-worn book sitting on your shelf as your family is getting bigger. I’ll send you out the door and set off on your next outdoor adventure.