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Between Two Moons

August 30, 2017

I finished the binding after midnight last night. 136 pages, 15x15x4cm. The vertical stripes on the spine are caused by the alternating chapter-dividers (a single page of heavyweight Khadi cotton rag paper, mordanted with pomegranate skins and contact-dyed with leaves) and chapters which vary in thickness between five and eleven folded sheets of speckled off-white paper. I decided not to use the indigo-dyed thread, partly because it would be too intrusive where it shows in the middle of each section, partly because being cotton it is not as strong as linen, and partly for contrast against the indigo-dyed cover. As the second photo shows, this binding allows the book to lie open at any page.

I was ashamed to find two tiny typos this morning. My in-house motorcycle courier brought me a white chinagraph pencil from the art-supply shop in Glastonbury. Now those offending glyphs are invisible.

The Book is wrapped in tissue-paper and bubble-wrap ready to deliver to the Dove tomorrow, the last day of August. I feel a huge sense of relief. And gratitude to all the people who helped this to happen.

Below are photos of the chapter-dividers.

And a taster of the text. I haven’t even counted the lines. There are hundreds, even after ruthless editing. (Ruth wasn’t available.)


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Janine permalink
    August 30, 2017 3:16 pm

    What a beautiful book, I look forward to seeing it in 3D. You are so lucky to have your personal motorcycle courier so near! Love Janine >

  2. August 30, 2017 9:40 pm

    Wow, it looks really beautiful, well done you, I would love to see the real think, but these photos are good. And good that you haven’t lost your sense of humour in the process!

  3. Jane permalink
    August 30, 2017 9:55 pm

    Really beautiful. So look forward to seeing and reading it.

  4. Karen Young permalink
    August 31, 2017 6:44 am

    Bravo Ama – look forward to holding Two Moons in my hands one day.
    My granddaughter says “love you to the moon and back, Granny”
    Something about the moon and the stars in our lives.
    Currently, in Kent and then off to Lochinver for our fix – back in time for end of SAW
    Love Karen

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. September 1, 2017 2:05 pm

    Thank you all for the lovely comments.
    I heard a man from Aleppo on the radio last weekend, and something he said stayed with me – “I teach my daughter English. The first words she learnt are Moon, Star, Sky. Everything was destroyed but the sky.”

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  7. September 25, 2017 8:25 am

    It’s a simply stunning book, Ama, and I feel so grateful to be able to include your book in the Dove Treehouse Library. Many people have enjoyed it already (read it from cover to cover) and it’s only been on show 3 days….much more enjoyment to come!


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