Daily Bookshot: A Dead Man – signed, sealed and delivered

Like every keen reader I like to enter as many book-flavoured competitions as I can (there’s a good one going on at RobAroundBooks right now as it happens (at the time of posting)), and just before Christmas I entered one hosted by Harper Perennial. The prize was one of a number of signed copies of Sarah Hall’s How to Paint a Dead Man, and Hallelujah, Praise be to the the Book Gods! I was one of the lucky winners.

So for today’s Daily Bookshot here a snap of Sarah’s most delicious signature. It’s a thrill to have it, so thank you very much Harper Perennial (and Ms. Hall of course for taking the time to scribe it – ouch writer’s cramp I’m guessing).

Of course one would think that a serious book lover such as Rob would have a whole host of signed volumes filling his bookshelves. But fact is, this is only my second, with the first being Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Doubleday) – as featured in this previous Daily Bookshot. So this signed volume from Hall is something to be extra treasured by me. And of course, it is!

* Note: This version of How To Paint a Dead Man is of course the US version, published by Harper Perennial [ISBN: 9780061430459], which is the fine and proper one for all of you American readers. For readers in the UK, How to Paint Like a Dead Man is published by Faber [ISBN: 9780571224890].

One final point I want to make to make after seeing the covers for both editions. For once I prefer the US cover to the UK. Doesn’t happen much (no bias involved), but on this occasion the US cover, designed by Robin Bilardello, triumphs magnificently. Dost thou agree fellow reader?

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).

Comments

  1. Mark Jones says:

    HOW TO PAINT A DEAD MAN… that’s a bl**dy brilliant title, love it. And.. one hell of a signature! Will look that book up, cheers MJ

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      My pleasure. It was on the Mn Booker longlist too last year Mark, so an extra reason (maybe) to seek it out
      Warmest
      Rob

  2. I actually like the UK version! Never heard of this one, must check it out. Congrats on the win!

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Thanks Lisa. Wins don’t happen much but when they do – Wahooo!!!
      Hope you’re as lucky in 2010
      Warmest
      Rob

  3. I am currently reading this book! I prefer the American cover as well but in general it’s a tossup of which I’ll like better 🙂

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Ni Nicole,
      I guesss I made it sound as though I abhorred the UK cover. Not at all. It’s just Bilardello’s cover is so good.
      I hope you enjoy it!
      Warmest
      Rob

  4. Wow. That’s a pretty flourish-y signature. And I agree – the U.S. cover is very nice. Enjoy!

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Don’t all authors have flourish-y titles? I wouldn’t know for sure but there must exist a competitive thing 🙂
      Anyway, hope you’re well
      Warmest
      Rob