Bristol author Mike Manson is a finalist in The People’s Book Prize a national competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new works.
But instead of attending the awards dinner in London on May 30, Mike will be at hippy festival in Crete. He has been invited to read from his new book Rules of the Road at the Matala Festival and accepted the invitation before he was nominated for the People’s Book Prize final.
Rules of the Road, published by Bristol’s Tangent Books, is a 70s travel adventure describing the often hilarious exploits of Bristol drop-outs Felix and Boz who set off to spend a summer of love living in a cave in Crete – ideally with two girls they arranged to meet in the hippy community of Matala.
Rules of the Road was recommended to the festival organisers by one of the many visitors to the hippy commune from the 70s and they immediately invited Mike, from St Andrews, to appear at the festival which is expected to attract thousands of people. He said: “We did consider setting up a video link from London to Matala in case I win, but it was too complicated, so I’ll be represented at the People’s Book Prize awards dinner while I’m reading from Rules of the Road on a beach in Crete.”