Friday Five: Favourite book covers

A friend tagged me on Facebook recently to do the 'book cover challenge' (seven days, seven book covers that you love or that mean something to you). I took her up on it, and in the process re-discovered some old favourites I'd almost forgotten about. I quite often choose books based on the cover, so... Continue Reading →


Sculpture vultures

Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal is perhaps one of the town's best kept secrets. It nestles down a side alley, past a car park, on the edge of the river next to the church, but hidden away behind its own original stable block, now the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. But if you... Continue Reading →

An appreciation of cover art

Following a rather too-public spat between a well-known author and his cover artist, yesterday was 'cover artist appreciation day' on Twitter. A good cause, because too often artists get scant recognition or credit for their work. And it reminded me that I haven't said nearly enough about the artwork on my own book cover, since... Continue Reading →

On the Monet

We had a rare (genuinely rare) treat at the weekend - a trip to Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal to see a painting by Claude Monet. The gallery is a lovely place to visit anyway, with a regular exhibition of local artist George Romney's works, links to local notables such as Lady Anne Clifford,... Continue Reading →

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