‘…and then the Prime Minister hit me…’ by Brian Harris is now available to buy and will be shipping from late May 2016.
At long last my book,’…and then the Prime Minister hit me…’ is about to be published and will start shipping towards the end of May. I’m still waiting for mailing boxes and slip cases to be completed, but the actual book is printed, assembled, back and front cover boards in place and the french folded dust jackets have been lovingly folded by hand….I am amazed at how much work is done by hand to produce the end result.
To allow my book to lay absolutely flat so that pictures don’t disappear into the centre gutter my design team of Professor Phil Cleaver and Jennifer Penny of et-al design based in Oxford devised a way of publishing the book without a spine. This of course posed certain construction problems in making a 320 page hard back book printed on quite heavy photographic quality paper. A team of women at Diamond print services in Enfield north London, one of the few remaining book binders left in the UK, glued each printed section into place by hand. Normally the glue would be applied along the length of the spine by machine…but as the book is to lay flat when open, any glue seepage would show onto the page, so the glue was applied using a small brush along the black thread that holds the individual sections together…a labour of love…and cost !
My book will be available in two versions. The standard book will be £68 plus postage and packing and the slipcased limited edition of only 200 will be numbered and signed and will include a beautiful print on 310gsm Hahnemule Photo Rag paper which will also be signed and numbered the same as the book and embossed by hand at £130 including shipping to the UK. Overseas postage can be quoted for.
I’m extremely proud of my book which has taken me several years to write, edit and produce. I would like to thank my partner Nikki Bertoya pushing me unload my hard drive of a brain onto a hard drive in my computer, this book would not have seen the light of day. Designers Phil and Jenny have been real stalwarts and have put far more hours into this project than was ever budgeted for and Dave Davies who looked after the actual printing as well as my good friend Glynn Griffiths who picture edited my initial selection of 1600 images down to a manageable 250 before the final cut.
Brian in his office checking yet more proofs
The entire production of my book has been made in the UK