King makers

King makers

If Bill Bryson says you are “a genius”, chances are that you are not short on talent. Chance is also stacked in favour of readers being most familiar with Neil Gower through his work on Bryson’s book jackets—or for his exuberant livery for a 50th anniversary edition of Lord of the Flies, which led to a rejacketing of author William Golding’s backlist in similar style.

That may very well change after the publication of As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Alex Preston and issued by Corsair. It’s spectacularly illustrated throughout by Gower, who—rather modestly—states that “much of the work in thi...

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