Friday, August 31, 2007


Today the post contained a copy of Gianrico Carofiglio's new book The Past Is a Foreign Country translated by Howard Curtis, and published by Old Street Publishing. This is a non Guido Guerrieri written in 2004, and this is one to which I have really been looking forward.

The Rap Sheet had a discussion about the duplicate use of stock library photographs by book cover designers at:

And this was discussed by Peter at Detectives beyond Borders under the title Are publishers cheap?

Here the use of black on black on the cover meant that the blurb by distinguished veteran crime writer Jeffrey Deaver was far more visible than the title or the author.
Poor covers usually don't do a book justice but The Past Is A Foreign Country has already sold 400,000 copies around the world, won the Premio Bancarella, and is currently being made into a film therefore for once I don't think it will make much difference.
One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.
from An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen


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