Book Jacket of the Week #3: Robin Bayley’s The Mango Orchard

Robin Bayley is one of those British authors you can’t wait to see published in the States, which he will, this summer, with his British hit, The Mango Orchard. (I may be biased: nearly all of my favorite authors are published in the UK.)

When his agent whose name will remain mysterious if/until he permits me to reveal it, pointed me to The Mango Orchard, I was immediately taken with both the book’s cover, as well as the author’s dynamic and artistically conceived website.

Helping to develop web platforms for authors alongside my own gifted designer has become a personal passion and focus of my company, something I realized early on was crucial to both branding and publicity. Robin’s website demonstrates the adventure aspect of his “better-than-fiction” true tale, complete with interactive maps, a blog, and a glance at the research behind the book, while the jacket itself stresses the memoir component. As a recent admirer of David Grann, I leapt at the opportunity to read Robin’s book.

You can follow Robin through his terrific Twitter feed and please “Like” his Facebook fan community to help launch him properly here in the U.S.A.

While I’m on the topic of authors discovered in Britain first, I have to add that Douglas Kennedy (an American), the author of “popular while literary” fiction and three bestsellers, based in part on his own life, is also published with Random House UK. His latest book, Temptation, launches this April in the U.S. with Atria/Simon & Schuster. The eBook is already available.

Richard Cohen

"The highest compliment one can pay “How to Write Like Tolstoy” is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write, to be in dialogue or even doomed competition with the greatest creative minds… That Mr. Cohen is an editor, that his love of literature comes in large part from awe in the presence of better writers than he, is no small matter. His love is infectious, and regardless of how well he ends up teaching us to write, that is miracle enough." — Stefan Beck, The Wall Street Journal

“An elegant, chatty how-to book on writing well, using the lessons of many of the world’s best writers . . . [Cohen] draws on plentiful advice from past and present literary titans. . . . The process of gathering advice from prominent contemporary authors such as Francine Prose, Jonathan Franzen, and Nick Hornby gives Cohen the opportunity to tell any number of amusing, often discursive stories about great literature and authors, mixed with the writers’ own observations.” — Publishers Weekly