Monthly Archives: May 2018

These Dividing Walls in Print

These Dividing Walls hardback and paperback is now available. Final book is printed with matt lamination and spot UV. The paperback has inside cover printing with one Pantone colour.

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Should You Ask me PB in Print

Should You Ask Me paperback is now available in print. A different photographic cover direction to the illustrative hardback. But both approaches work very well for the novel.

About the book:

‘I’ve come about the bodies. I know who they are.’

Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.

The bodies could have stayed buried for ever – like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth.

The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary’s confession forces his own violent memories to the surface – betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds.

Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.

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Barnard & Westwood Fine Printers & Bookbinders Workshop

I received this rather fancy invitation with hand calligraphy and printed on beautiful paper. This is for the Barnard & Westwood Putting Pen to Paper workshop. Lovely!!

We were taken on a guided tour of their workshop and bindery. Getting an insight into the craft and tactile world of printed stationary. This includes: bespoke event invitations, intricate calligraphy, creative papers, letterpress, gilded edges, bookbinding, foil blocking and other labor intensive handmade processes. Learning facts like: 2 years into an apprenticeship there is actually only the early stages and can take ten years to truly master the trade. And using saliva to test if the tool is heated hot enough, by seeing if it bubbles or spits back! Before placing the impression onto the book itself.

Lucky us, we got given a personalised notebook made in front of our own eyes! As well as a range of other freebies: thank you card, envelopes of sample papers, cloth bag, pencil, package of sweets. And also a happy belly full with delicious canap├ęs and champagne.

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The Two Houses in Print

Another Yorkshire based novel that I have designed! It is set in the desolate and earthy moors where secrets are being hidden. This is cleverly written with the metaphor between the unsettling atmosphere of the abandoned, crumbling, Victorian house with the cracked pottery the ceramicist creates. Gorgeous writing from a lovely author!

I really enjoyed designing this one and I’m pleased with the final product printed on uncoated stock with a double hit of spot uv. Plus black foil on grey wibalin works a treat!

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Springtime at Wildacre PB out for the Sunny Weather!

Yesssssssss!!!!! Copies of Springtime at Wildacre paperback out now in time for the sunny weather. Another gorgeous illustration by Sara Mulvanny and this cover doesn’t disappoint with piglets, ducklings, lambs, and bunnies!! Final printed product complete with shimmering pink foil, emboss and spot uv.

AND there will be a fourth book coming out in November: Snowflakes Over Moon Cottage!

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