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Eoin Colfer admits to nerves over new Hitchhiker's Guide book

12th October 2009

Eoin Colfer has admitted to 'grave doubts' about his decision to follow in the footsteps of the late author Douglas Adams and write the sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Colfer told the Guardian that his concerns only grew as today's (October 12th) publication drew nearer.

The latest instalment, And Another Thing..., takes its title from the third chapter of Adams' fourth Hitchhiker's book, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, and sees the return of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin, the 'paranoid android'.

It appears that Colfer's concerns may be allayed, however, with the Guardian describing the book as a 'triumph' that mimics Adams' style and humour perfectly.

Colfer, who is behind the popular Artemis Fowl series, was chosen to write the book by Adams' widow Jane Belson. At the time she spoke of her 'delight' that the Irish author was taking up the reins.

Meanwhile, commenting on the series before his untimely death in 2001, Adams himself said: 'Five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number.'

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