I’m so excited – here is the hardback cover for the UK edition of Mr Rosenblum’s List. The process of the cover was really fun and I have to say that my gorgeous editor Jocasta made me feel very included. She started off by sending agent Stan and I some vintage tube posters – ones for Kew Gardens and Richmond and so on, as well as some other late 40s and early 50s prints.
The first couple of sketches had flowers and the hill, even a golf flag, but we decided that it needed to feel peopled. The book is about Jack and Sadie in the landscape and so the illustrator drew them into the scene. The golf flag disappeared – the story is not really about golf, and was perhaps a bit off putting. The flowers gradually became wilder (I love the bluebells and wild clematis and the herb robert) and a flock of swallows appeared.
I love it and can’t quite believe that I’m going to have an actual, real-life book published. Yes. When I first saw a print out of the cover, I did cry. I’m a girl. It’s allowed.
The illustrator is Nathan Burton and the book designer is Sarah Christie.