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.

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