Arcadia Books editor Katharina Bielenberg has bagged books by Turkish-British Stanford Dolman Travel Writing Award winner Julian Sayarer and Dr. Alain Gachet, a French mining engineer, petroleum geologist and geophysicist.
Bielenberg acquired worldwide rights to Sayarer Türkiye: cycling through a country’s first century and Dr. Gachet Water and Peace: A journey through the world’s most volatile conflict zones in search of deep water, with rights to the latter outside France). In both cases, the rights were acquired directly from the authors.
In Turkey, Sayarer combines his love of cycling with an exploration of the country’s history and geopolitics, the editor explains. It will be published in October 2023, on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, by Atatürk.
Sayarer said: “Cycling across a country has become my method of writing books, but I’m aware that I haven’t done it yet in either of the two – Britain or Turkey – that I consider it “home”. Rolling and writing this book for the first centenary of the Turkish Republic, at a time when so much is changing both in Turkey and in the world around it, strikes me as an exhilarating challenge that I am excited to begin.
Bielenberg said: “Turkey comes at the perfect time for an international readership, reflecting exactly 100 years of the republic as the country strives to become an increasingly important player on the world stage.”
Gachet’s book is due for publication in July 2023. Gachet, the inventor of an algorithm capable of detecting the presence of deep groundwater, and which uses humanitarian intelligence, hydrology, geology and geospatial analysis in his explorations, said: “This book is not about cold statistics of climate change, but about my very real encounters from Darfur in 2004 to Iraq in 2022 and my fieldwork to identify the invisible and vital groundwater .
“I have been trapped gradually in the escalation of the water war, from Afghanistan to the Horn of Africa, passing through Somalia, Kenya… It is a privilege to share my experiences on the precarious nature of water and my long quest for this ultimate and vital resource. We have a duty to remain optimistic about the solutions proposed by science, to heal the wounds that humanity has inflicted on itself.
Bielenberg said of the title, “Water security is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Alain has spent the last 20 years putting himself at risk to show vital water sources for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of people. We are delighted to bring this gripping account of his work in the field to readers around the world. »