Updated: Dec 20, 2021
I read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at the beginning of the year when the house was still cold from wintery winds blowing through the Negev when being curled up with a cup of tea and a good book was the order of the evening. I imagine Douglas Adam probably wrote Hitchhiker's Guide in about the same position.
Determined to find his way into film and writing, Adams dropped out of university and pursued writing full time eventually writing and making appearances in several episodes of Monty Python Flying Circus as well as becoming script editor for the Doctor Who series. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was written several years later and was the first of a "trilogy" of five books.
Summarized on the back cover of the 1979 paperback copy (I can't go on without at least mentioning this once, but when I look at that hand on the cover, all I see is a butt) as,
"A wildly funny novel about the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow it. About the worst Thursday that ever happened, and why the universe is a lot safer if you bring a towel."