It's an exciting day in the life of an author when the new book jacket arrives. Usually it is accompanied by a letter from the publisher, which says, 'Here's the jacket look for your novel. We hope you like it. Everyone here is really thrilled with it!' The author examines the design and bursts into tears, because it totally fails to capture the essence of their book. This feeling is registered with the publisher, who wrings his or her hands and says, 'Oh dear! That's a shame. Because we're really thrilled with it.' I.e. it's what you're getting. (This is what your contract means when it says you have the right of consultation over the cover.)
Well, happily, the process of finding the right look for Acts and Omissions has been a lot more pleasant and satisfying than that. For me, anyway. The design team at SPCK may tell a different tale, quite possibly one which includes phrases like 'high maintenance' and 'control freak'. But here's what we've decided on:
The painting--called 'Evensong'--is by Ian Scott Massie, and you know what? I'm really thrilled with it! I hope it tempts you to buy a copy for yourself, another for your friends and family, and one for every clergy person you know. Finally (just to be on the safe side so nobody feels left out) twenty more for everybody you can think of. Published on July 17th 2014.