New book release! The Book Diaries

I'm so happy to be able to announce the release of The Book Diaries - written by the lovely Gwyneth Marshman and illustrated by yours truly.

What's it about?

Based on Gwyneth's blog of the same name, this book follows her quest to change her life simply by reading books.

The challenge:

  • Read one book a fortnight.
  • Figure out how it changed her as a person.
  • Commit to doing something differently in her life.


Alongside the original blog posts from Year 1 are exclusive updates in which you find out:

  • Whether she made the changes she said she would!
  • If not, why not?
  • What she discovered along the way.


This book is a unique chronicle of how Gwyneth's life changed significantly over the course of 12 months – all through the simple act of reading books.

The illustrations

When she first approached me to illustrate this book I simply had to say yes. A book about how reading can change your life? Hell yes! I think it is a fascinating idea, and the books she chose over the course of the year include some of my personal favourites.

My brief was to create unique jacket illustrations for each one of the books she explores, and I have to tell you it was a little intimidating. Book cover art is so iconic, especially for classic texts, and I don't mind telling you that I had to really work through some worthiness issues before I could get started! I'm really pleased with how they came out, though. Here are a few of my favourites:

Pick up your copy now! Paperback and Kindle editions available at Amazon.

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