The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey

If you like Harold Fry, you’ll love Ian Wilkerson and his little dog, Bernard. Read all about them in best-selling Amazon author Iain Maitland’s latest book, The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey, to be published on June 9th 2023.

Manchester, UK – Vellum Publishing has announced the publication of best-selling Amazon author Iain Maitland’s latest book The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey, to be released on June 9th 2023.

The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey is a thought-provoking, contemporary novel about love, loss and self-discovery. Ian is struggling with redundancy and illness and the prospect of becoming a grandfather. A short walk to clear his mind turns into Ian’s longest journey yet, physically and mentally. Along with his loyal dog, Bernard, Ian walks from Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, around the coast, to the cliffs at Hunstanton in Norfolk where he faces his final reckoning.

‘An utterly compelling and intriguing story of a man, in late middle age, confronting his personal demons by walking out of his home one day without word, warning or explanation. Very funny in some places, unspeakably poignant and sad in others. A philosophical and moving tale for our times’ Charlie Mortimer.

‘A tender and thoughtful novel exploring the bond between man and man’s best friend… sincere and evocative…’ Michael Simkins.

Vellum Publishing is an up-and-coming, independent publisher based in Manchester and is, ‘delighted to be working with an author as talented as Iain Maitland’. Vellum Publishing believes that ‘The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey is the perfect book for anyone looking for an emotional story that observes the power of friendship, the beauty and distress of the open road, and the resilience of the human spirit’.

Iain Maitland is the author of two mental health memoirs, Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder) and Out Of The Madhouse (JKP) and the best-selling psych thriller, The Perfect Husband (Inkubator Books).  He is an Ambassador for the teenage mental health charity, Stem4, and speaks regularly at literary and mental health events.

Iain Maitland said, “Vellum Publishing is a young and energetic publisher that shares my core values of diversity and inclusion and recognises the importance of mental well-being. It’s the perfect home for my first literary novel, The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey. I’m thrilled to be working with the emerging talents on the team and hope this will be the first of many collaborations’.

The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey is being published by Vellum Publishing and will be available to purchase through Amazon on June 9th 2023. The book launch is set to be held at the Bradford Literary Festival.

Iain Maitland is available for interviews and events. 

‘A brilliant speaker … Iain is open and frank and his moving account endears him to his audience straightaway’ Stem4.  

‘Marx Brothers on speed’ Douglas Skelton, Author.

‘Iain Maitland … A hilarious and, frankly, show stealing turn in a panel at last year’s Bloody Scotland book festival’ Suze Review.

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