Tuesday, October 18, 2011

'worth buying...worth keeping' - Julian Barnes

Yesterday morning I got the first copy of ‘The Hungry Heart’ - the book - into my hands. It was the most exciting moment.

This is a photo of what the book looks like. 

It is a hardback, which has a special meaning to writers (think limousine.)

The image of Colenso is by contemporary artist Gavin Hurley.

The cover was designed by Alan Deare of area design.

In a few days I’ll write more about the design elements of the book.

But at the moment all I can do is gasp. When I go out of the room I think it will disappear. But when I come back in...there it is.

A side view, giving some sense of the subtle binding with a kowhaiwhai patterning.

The end papers....such a delicious word in itself....

Julian Barnes, in accepting the 2011 Booker Prize, had this to say just the other day (as reported in the Guardian):  

'Accepting the prize, Barnes thanked the judges for their wisdom and the sponsors for their cheque. He also offered some advice to publishers: "Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you think of its contents, will probably agree it is a beautiful object. And if the physical book, as we've come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the ebook, it has to look like something worth buying, worth keeping." '


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