Apart from visiting various places that were of great significance to my early medical years, we have been up to Yorkshire where I was reminded of Dotheby Hall by partial views of Sedberg School.
Our brief trip to that beautiful county has left me with far happier memories than Charles Dickens had on his visit some 150 years earlier.
In two days time, Mr Dickens heads to Switzerland.
Earlier this week I went to Doughty Street in London, home to Charles Dickens during a part of his early life.
It was a special moment but one of many that I am having with the book. This weekend it's off to Yorkshire and the home of the infamous Dotheby's Boys school. C H Dickens precipitated many important social changes. In his own quiet way, Mr Dickens is doing the same.
After doing due diligence and asking the children, the grandchildren and then taking to the social media of Twitter and LinkedIn: and then finally running a poll on this website, your winner ( and as it quite amazingly happens - mine too) is:
Now it's back to my artistic guru, Jenn Reese, to add the final touches.
Many thanks to all of you who helped me with the decision as the other two were not that far behind. Maybe we can use them in some way for the next books in The Renaissance Brothers series.
The Butcher's Boy
I'm working towards the publication later this year of The Butcher's Boy - the first volume of The Renaissance Brothers Series!
Today my brilliant designer Jenn Reece came up with THREE great ideas. I would like YOU to help me choose which one should go on the front cover of this exciting new series.
I received an email recently from a senior lecturer at one of the Universities here in Perth WA. She is a delightful lady and her area of expertise lies in English Literature. Here's what she had to say:
I have done no work today because I have read your book cover to cover. I'm thinking that it would sit well with a year 10 group. The brilliant thing about it is the intertextual links that can be made as well.
The upshot of this is that we are collaborating on producing materials so that Mr Dickens can be a resource for Grade 10 teachers to use with their students. Once it's in place I'll let you know.
Meanwhile in America, Jenn Reece is working on mock ups for the cover of The Butcher's Boy.
Looks like it's going to be a busy few months!
For those of you who were around in the Seventies, "On the road again" by Canned Heat might still be humming around inside your head. For those who are not familiar with the music, and I suppose that the music is now almost 50 years old, when you get to the end of the article there's a surprise in store for you!!
Apart from re-living some great music from an epoch when music still sounded like music, (ducks head to avoid all the colourful epithets about to be launched in my direction from those born in subsequent generations), I'm moving toward the release of the first book in The Renaissance Brothers Trilogy which has the working title of "The Butcher's boy"
Here's what Beth Jusino from Seattle has to say about it:
Abused and orphaned at thirteen, red-haired Rosso flees his Venetian village with only the clothes on his back and his brother’s bitter threats in his ears. He becomes one of the hundreds of shadowy figures roaming the medieval Italian countryside, threatened by warring kingdoms, deadly plagues, and often one another. But Rosso is not one to give in to suffering or fear, and his new, independent life takes a turn for the better when he meets two fellow travelers who offer him the kind of family he never had.
Jenn Reese, my awesome illustrator, is currently working on the cover of the book, whilst my eminent editor, Kerrie Schurr, finishes off 'polishing' the final book of the Trilogy.
So as well as taking Mr Dickens on the road around Australia and then Europe, The Butcher's Boy should be hitting the publishing road in the very near future in order to be ready for Christmas.
So .. lifts the stylus onto the deck of his record player and courtesy of Canned Heat.....