I am afraid that writing the book in our own time (evenings and weekends) means that Alan and I won't be able to produce anything much faster!
It takes time to gather the sources together from all over the place. However, we already have the structure in place and have started to map out the chapters and started researching.
On the subject of field trips, neither Alan or I are keen to star on Arab TV in an orange jump suit minus our heads! Seriously, it depends on the situation out there but things are just too iffy at the moment to contemplate a trip.
Thanks for the review of UTDE!