Today’s bookshot has to be one of my favourites to date. Not because it’s a great shot (quite frankly it isn’t), but rather because its subject delights me. It tells the story of a journey, and it’s a journey which ends in real success.
War on the Margins by Libby Cone may be familiar to you. If you haven’t read it yourself, then you may remember that I reviewed it on RobAroundBooks in November of last year, and proclaimed the novel, which is themed around the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2, to be ‘truly an accomplished work’, which are words I never use lightly.
Back then ‘War on the Margins’ was a self-published work and its author Cone was working tirelessly to get her book ‘out of the margins’ and noticed. Her hard work paid off because in January of this year it was announced that UK publishers Duckworth had bought the world rights to Cone’s novel, and were publishing it this July.
Now that summer is of course upon us the release date for the Duckworth edition of War on the Margins draws ever closer, and a few days ago I took receipt of an advance copy of the novel (which you see pictured at the forefront of this shot), and I couldn’t be happier, both for Libby, and for the fact that this exceptional novel is going to reach a much wider audience.
I will be saying a lot more on ‘War on the Margins’ again closer to July’s release date, but for now I just wanted to share in my delight at bearing witness to a talented author finally receiving the recognition that she so rightfully deserves.
*War on the Margins by Libby Cone [ISBN: 978 0 7156 3876 7] will be published by Duckworth in July 2009