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Nick Webb (1949–2012)

Author of Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams

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Nick Webb commissioned Douglas Adams to turn his cult radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy into a novel. Published in 1979, the book sold 250,000 copies within three months and 1m copies by 1984. Webb had been tipped off by his brother-in-law, who had heard the first episode of the radio series, that "something amazing was squeaking out of his radio on a Wednesday night – so I listened. I was sure that somebody that inventive could write a book."
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