Cover Story!

This week has become even more exciting - not only do we have a new baby in the house, but my very own creative infant 'The Storyteller' has become just a little more real. The cover design has arrived and for once I'm very happy with the result. It's rather sombre; but then the story is serious and even tragic in places. What pleases me most is that the cover is elegant, in a lovely blue with a design taken from the embroidery on one of Katherine Mansfield's surviving garments. Penguin have also done a beautiful job with the interior of the book with small details from the embroidery decorating the pages.

Unfortunately the proof-reading came with the cover! Lots and lots of hours going through almost 500 pages of text line by line. There are no shortcuts. And it's frustrating when all you want to do is get on writing the next project.


  1. K I celebrate with you. There is something very special in seeing your cover for the first time. As you say, it is an elegant cover well suited to its content. enguin have done you proud. Lucky you!
    I also commisserate with you on the big line- edit. It is well named. The only way you can do it is line by line, minute by minute.

    Did I dream it or is a novel your next project?
    Hope the baby's well

  2. Beautiful baby and beautiful cover - congratulations!

    A x

  3. It's a lovely cover Kathleen.
    The whole thing is beautifully understated.

    Oh boy! I can sympathise with you over the proofs! Just keep grinding away.


    Publish or Perish

  4. Thank you all! I am pressing on with the proof-reading, sometimes with a baby in one hand. It feels delicious!

  5. Looking forward to the publication of your biography of KM.


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