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March 8, 2020

Before I committed full-time to book-binding, I also worked part-time for the literary magazine Granta. It was exciting to work in that world, the buzz around a publication, meeting writers and hearing about new voices first. I missed all of that when I first left publishing. Which is why, it’s especially rewarding to be returning to publishing houses again but...

October 19, 2019

This recent commission from Granta Books was the third bespoke binding I had completed for author Cynan Jones. The first commission was in 2014, for his novel The Dig which is a haunting, poetic novella which documents the hard lives of two solitary men in Welsh sheep country. One a sheep farmer whose life is interwoven with 'the big man' who operates above the...

March 19, 2019

I was approached by Harpercollins publishers to bind a special edition of books to be presented to one of their authors as a gift. The author was none other than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who's work I knew quite well. She had contributed to several early issues of Granta magazine for whom I worked for many years. Adichie, a Nigerian novelist, has been descr...

January 5, 2018

Lino cut, hand-printed endpapers using Schmincke linoprint ink in Prussian Blue

I was spoiled for choice when I was seeking inspiration for the design binding of my sister, Julia Rochester's novel The House At The Edge Of The World. The novel is full of rich imagery; a wild costal landscape, family drama and legendary tales. I was drawn in particular to one...

December 7, 2017

The first time I met Diana Athill was 18 years ago while working as a publicity assistant for Granta books. She was then 82 years old and I remember attending to her as I would to any other fragile older lady. But the command and brightness in her voice quickly made me realise she had no less bounce in her step than mine and evidently a far brighter mind! 20 ye...

September 6, 2017

Lino cut design printed in a Prussia blue water based ink

I'd longed to visit Lisbon for years, I'd heard about the cobbled alleyways, white dome cathedrals and the azulejos, which are beautiful painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework found on the interior and exterior of churches, houses, schools and nowadays restaurants and bars. Tiles are everywhere, lining many...

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