Posts made in July, 2013

The story of the cover design

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog, Full Blog | 0 comments

The story of the cover design

  This is, in reality, the story of Sengamo.  Over the last two years I have spent hours looking at the artwork on covers of books in bookshops. Very few inspired me. I came up with various designs of my own, all of which were gracefully rejected by my editor, Lucy Beevor. Then, last January I walked into an apartment at the Waterfront in Cape Town and there on the wall was the picture of an African soldier who I immediately christened Sengamo. We had only two days to find the artist, but all the galleries we visited were unable to help and we left the country not knowing who painted...

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Writing the Winds that Blow….

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Writing the Winds that Blow….

Do we have a destiny in life or is our existence a series of sliding doors? I don’t really know. Sometimes I wish I had started writing before I built houses but then, when I sit down now and think about it, I reckon I should have no regrets at this time of my life. At least I had the opportunity – and an understanding wife – to be able to see the project through. I was 59 years old when I retired. Then just before my 60th birthday I announced my intention to write a novel. The kids bought me books on how to write, how to edit, how to publish etc. I have never opened them. I wanted to write...

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