Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cover Girl

Preferring real bookshops like the Albion to dull chain stores, typically because the staff are so well read, often means you get genuine recommendations based on more than the latest fifty palettes to have reached a distant central warehouse. On my last visit I was given a copy of the free magazine "Book Time". Disturbing as it was to have chef Worral Thompson on the cover it was reasonably interesting, but even more so on realising that Broadstairs' greatest living writer Jane Wenham-Jones writes a regular column for it.
And what an intriguing column it was, discussing the effects the choice of cover to a book might have. It's not limited to sales though but also the book buyer's perception of the author. She admits how "Perfect Alibis" with the strapline "How to have an affair and get away with it." may not have been the perfect choice.
Indeed when she first gave me a copy of it alarm bells rang, surely she was some type of nymphomaniac bisexual swinger with a rapacious taste for each and every form of depravity.
She might be of course, not that it's any of my business. But how silly to have all that spring to mind from a cover, but it goes to show whatever mistakes writers or publishers might make they pale into insignificance against those a reader might invent.

"One Glass Is Never Enough" is Jane's latest book, available from The Albion Bookshop. No she is not an alcoholic.


Blogger SkinOfStars said...

i'm reading 'perfect alibis' at the moment based on a meeting that i had with her last folk week (only just got it). pretty irrelavent to your train of topic i know, but thought i'd mention it anyway. i feel naughty reading it as it's clearly by girls for girls and i'm not either, so i feel a little like an intruder. but she seemed to be a very nice girl when i met her, so i'm making exception and actually quite enjoying it.

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