100 Million Books

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Maureen in PaddingtonWay back in 1973 Maureen and I published the first Lonely Planet guidebook. We were living in a basement flat in the Paddington, a suburb of Sydney. That’s Maureen 37 years ago at the kitchen table where we put together that first book. She’s still a Dylan fan.








Across Asia on the CheapAcross Asia on the Cheap, our very first book, covered all the way from London to Sydney in 96 pages. It sold 8500 copies, all of them in Australia and New Zealand. Fast forward to 2010 and our 100 millionth book has rolled off the presses, a copy of our current bestseller Australia. Click here to read more about how we got there and the com- petition we’re running to celebrate that milestone. I reckon that 100 million books is really just a shorthand for the many more million travel stories we hope we have helped to inspire.