Title: And This Is True
Author: Emily Mackie
Publisher: London: Sceptre, 2010
Call No.: English MAC
I was instantly attracted to this book because of the intricate patterns on the cover. The design reminds me of what a bored student can do with free time and unlimited green and red gel ink pens. The design seems hand-drawn; the pen strokes uneven in some parts. What I later discovered was that the book cover is more than just the design. I took apart the plastic cover (carefully) and discovered a hidden world.
The beautiful design wraps around the entire book jacket. Not only that, the book cover opens up to be a giant canvas with details of layout of a house and a caravan.
The cover, once expanded, lets on more about the novel. The story goes that the protagonist Nevis lives in a van with his father. One day the father crashes the van, and they are forced to take up residence at a nearby farmhouse. These settings are incorporated into the book cover, and makes it rather interesting in retrospect after reading the book. The book blurb also generates a fair bit of intrigue pitching this as a contemporary fairytale of some sort. (Be forewarned – some elements of this book are controversial).