Mary's niece Beth had recently won a competition on the blog to name the caravan they were touring Europe in, so George quickly wrote a couple of hundred words for her about the snail as a prize. Once published on the blog, the response from his readers was so enthusiastic that he was obliged to add further chapters week after week until he found he had written a children's adventure story almost by accident. His family soon persuaded him in 2013 to publish the blog posts as a book which he did in electronic form on Kindle that summer. The second half of that year was spent waiting for artist Elaine Matheson-Falconer to complete the drawings that were to enhance the attraction of the book. 250 paperback copies of the now illustrated book were published in December 2013 and all but 30 of them were sold by the summer of 2014. At this moment (April 2017) there are no copies remaining and the book is only available from Amazon, either print or electronic version..