At the risk of being terribly self-centred, today’s object is not one I discovered in a museum, street or gallery. Instead, it arrived by post from the United Kingdom. A box of books. My books. Not just books I own, but books I wrote. I wonder if there any moments more precious than these, for a writer. The first sight of your very own baby. Printed, bound, posted.
Isn’t she beautiful? I can’t take any credit for how beautiful she is. The credit for that goes entirely to the folk at Tartarus Press, in particular the luminous talents of Ray Russell and Rosalie Parker, and Timothy Parker Russell (who supplied the elegantly beautiful cover illustration).
I’m not sure that the glorious orange of the hardcover is done justice in this photograph. In reality it’s as rich and golden as a dream. I didn’t know it would be orange – and I’m so delighted. It seems like a beautiful twinkling of good fortune that this is the colour the publishers would have chosen for a book being published while I am in the Netherlands. Land of the Oranges.
You can read an extract from Rupetta on Tartarus Press website here.
Or find details about the publication, including how to buy a copy, here.
Oh, and would you like to receive a gift in the post? If so, you can go into the draw to win a signed copy of the book simply by responding to this post and telling me about your favourite object, idea or person associated with the colour orange.