My author copies finally arrived! And I am thrilled: Spear is a very handsome book indeed. Obviously it looks fabulous—and I’ll talk more about that in a minute—but what really struck me is how it feels in the hand. First of all, the jacket has a seriously matte, tactile feel, with a little process on my name and title—not a lot; it’s subtle, just enough to feel substantial. But what’s really lovely is the size and weight.
When I was a teen I preferred reading library hardcovers; paperbacks were okay but they felt flimsy. Over the years, though, I’ve found my preference changing to trade paperbacks and I realise it’s a size issue. Many modern hardbacks are massive and heavy, too unwieldy for comfortable reading unless you have big hands, which I don’t.1 This book is perfect! I could hold it for hours—which of course I wouldn’t need to because it’s only 184 pages long.
Given its length I worried the book might feel too thin, but look: it’s beautifully proportioned. And the spine of the jacket is very attractive. (Whenever I hold it I just want to stroke it.)
We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover but, hey, we all do. But I can tell you, this book just gets better and better the more you explore.
The front flap is nice—nothing massively special but nice:
Ditto the back, and here I’m pleased by the colour coordination: Black and white photo with black end papers; red titles to match the red title and author name on the front:
But it’s when you start to take the jacket off that you start to get a sense of the glories within:
Just look at that foil stamping—see how it glows! You can see the individual rivets on the shield. The spine is shiny, too, but I couldn’t get as good a picture of it.
Then there are the interior illustrations by Rovina Cai: five altogether: the perfect moody complement to the text.
The whole thing is just very nicely designed: exactly what a hardcover should be. I hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed writing it.
Buy it anywhere books are sold. But if you want a signed, personalised hardcover, then order from Phinney Books, Third Place Books, University Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, or Brick & Mortar before tomorrow at noon. Anything after that—except if you get them signed in person—will be just a plain signature. But, as you’ve seen, the book itself is far from plain, very far…
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1 This, apparently, surprises people. Perhaps because I have big shoulders and muscled arms people expect big shovel hands at the end of those arms, but, no; my hands are small.
3 thoughts on “Spear is here!!”
just finished Hild again & I have rarely been so excited for the release of a book as I am for Spear. You amaze me!
Lovely pictures! I just got a notification my copy is being shipped now. I look forward to reading it!
Right now I’m reading Hild and coming to adore her. (heart) She’s so different than Aud, yet they’re similar in how connected they are to nature, noticing all sorts of little things other people don’t. Her mother is fascinating, so like many a powerful woman I’ve read about in Norman times and right before Norman times (Matilda). Only those were biographies. It’s quite intriguing watching Edwin come to life in your novel, seeing him through Hild’s eyes.
Can’t wait for my own book!
Here’s my review: https://reiszwolf.wordpress.com/2022/04/19/spear-2022-fantasy-novel-by-nicola-griffith/
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