I’ve just received my first copies of The Penguin Book of the Ocean. Holding a book you’ve worked on for the first time is one of those feelings that never gets old, but it’s also one of those moments when you’re painfully aware just how many people it takes to bring a book into the world. So rather than just gloat, or stand stroking the incredibly gorgeous cover, I’d like to say a few thank yous.
First up, I’d like to thank everyone at Penguin, especially my publisher, Ben Ball, for trusting me enough to commission the thing in the first place, and my editor, Cate Blake, who had the unenviable task of transforming a small mountain of photocopies and typed notes into an actual book. I’d also like to thank everyone whose work is included for their generosity. Thank you also to the friends, colleagues and commenters on this site who contributed ideas and suggestions; your input was hugely helpful. And finally thank you to the designer, Tony Palmer, for creating what is flat-out one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen. My crappy photo really doesn’t do it justice, so let me just say that if Tony doesn’t win a Design Award for it next year there’s no justice in this world.
The official release date is 25 October. I’m excited.