Story telling from Australia
Fifteen precious author copies of Australian Farming Families arrived in the post yesterday and two and a half years of work were forgotten when I unpacked the box, lifted the lid and saw what was inside.
The cover is absolutely gorgeous (I hope you agree) and eight of those books will shortly be on their way to the families who so generously welcomed me into their homes and shared their stories with me.
I’ll be giving one to Clyde too, because without his support and encouragement I wouldn’t have finished the revisions on time.
When the deadline approached it was Clyde who kept the mugs of tea coming, Clyde who did all the chores and Clyde who agreed to cheese on toast and takeaway on more nights than I care to remember, so if anyone deserves a free copy he does.
Hmm…that only leaves six copies.
I’d better hand them over soon, really soon, or I’ll turn into the writer’s equivalent of Gollum and sit stroking My Prrrecious books all over Easter.
Thank you to all the families who agreed to be interviewed and to the team at Pan Macmillan who did such a fantastic job on this book, which is officially released on 1 May.
I’ll post more about the families I interviewed over the next couple of weeks, I promise, but right now I’m going to put the kettle on, make a cup of tea and enjoy the view.