Sphere buy travel memoir by Anna Hart

Sphere has acquired Departures, a book about exploring the world as a woman traveller, by journalist and travel writer Anna Hart.

Commissioning editor Rhiannon Smith acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in the book from Becky Thomas at Johnson and Alcock.

In Departures, drawing on 10 years experience of travel writing, Hart will write about the highs and lows travelling alone as a woman, showing that even the experts get it wrong (sometimes) and how to get it right.

Smith said: "I love Anna’s writing, and through our discussions I was completely convinced that her insight and humour would make for a wonderful book. Anna’s experience is second to none – there’s no-one better to navigate through the peril and pitfalls, as well as the incredible highs and independence that travel can bring. I’m so looking forward to sharing Departures with readers."

Hart, who is currently travel editor at Stylist magazine, said: "This feels like the perfect time to write about the highs and lows of travel, roaming the world as a solo female and what adventure means in 2018. I’m completely thrilled that Rhiannon and Sphere are publishing Departures, truly the perfect publishers."

Sphere will publish in trade paperback and e-book in January 2018.