Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cover story

My children are unimpressed by the book cover for Wife in the North. Proof copies of the cover arrived through the post and the seven-year-old said: "That looks nothing like granny." I said "It's supposed to look like "a granny", not necessarily our granny." He said: "And that doesn't look like my John Deere boiler suit either". The five-year-old took it out of his brother's hands. He pointed at the windswept, child-festooned mother "and she's far more beautiful than you are." I said: "Thanks." The thing is - it is true. When my publisher initially sent over the illustration in an e-mail, she said: "You may not like the boots." I opened up the J-pegged file and looked at it carefully. I thought: "They have knocked 15 years off my age and have ignored the double chin and the cellulite-raddled thighs and I am almost a blonde." I wrote back: "Don't worry about it - the wellies are fine."

24 comments:

Maggie May said...

Congratulations on the book & I like the cover!

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Huge amounts of filthy lucre are on the way.

Norman said...

Nice to see your book has made it. I guess that means a trip to Waterstones in July. Can't wait.

CrazyCath said...

Congratulations!
You have inspired.

Putting my order in now...

Iota said...

I'm assuming those are generic Northumberland sheep, not your rats.

wife in the north said...

Actually I have not liked to ask what they are but the fields around are full of them.

GoneBackSouth said...

Bet you wear more layers than that too. Well done for getting the book finished!

Her on the Hill said...

Congratulations! Love the cover too. Strange coincidence that today I was writing about how the piece in the Times (just over a year ago) about you was what galvanized me into finally getting on and writing about my own journey north. I was just thinking that your book must be due sometime soon and thought I'd pop in on you to catch up as I haven't been around for a long time.

Been meaning to thank you, too, for your suggestions and contributions at the beginning of our campaign to save our village school. At the end of October we finally heard that we'd won and - for now at least - the school remains open. Power to the people!

Have popped a comment on your previous blog too - full of resonances for me.

softinthehead said...

Well done - roll on July.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Brilliant cover. Can't wait to read the book.

Crystal xx

Expatmum said...

Looks great! Well done! I was distraught about my cover as there's a silhouette of a chinless, toothless-looking Englishman RIGHT above my name! All I could think of was that everyone would think it was me, but apparently the thought never occured to anyone else! Vanity thy name is me.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I'm still in shock that you support the Labour Party. Poor deluded you! But many, many congratulations on the book.

Valleys Mam said...

hey well done you on the book - what is it about - this columns or a more sexy lol
making a note to buy it
Wonder if anyone is interested in some political ramblins guess not

Pam said...

Can't wait to buy the book - congrats!

merry weather said...

Well done! Will look forward to reading it :)

Swearing Mother said...

Fantastic! I think the cover is great, can't wait till July to get my copy.

Sarah said...

Wellington boots are a small price to pay!
I'm sure you can make demands, based on wellie colour, for your second book.
Congratulations.

mutleythedog said...

Had you considered moving to Latvia for a sequel ? - it would be called "Wife in the East".

I am considering my 'outfit' for the launch by the way and can't choose between my 'Carmen Miranda' and my 'Marilyn Monroe' - which would you advise noting I have put on 52 lbs since christmas...?

DogLover said...

Will the signed copies of the book qualify for the WITN blog readers' discount, too?

sophie said...

what are you up to - its been ages since you posted this?

Jackie Luben said...

I hadn't realised that your blog was to be made into a book, presumably because I wasn't reading it a year ago when you mentioned it. But your writing is so good it doesn't surprise me. Congratulations.

I hope you sort out the moles. We have the same problem.

damon said...

The cover is very nice, and I think it will sell books. Presumably, we'll get it over here too?

DK
Boston, Massachusetts

Mu Tai Dong said...

I can do cooking for the feasts I think?

Single Mother on the Verge said...

That is a great cover, very funny, and lovely....