Island of Dreams

Book Design

by Felix Dennis. 2007, Noctua Press.

Complete design layout for cover, inside pages and CD artwork.

This book was the first of the books I designed for Felix Dennis. For this book, as with Homeless in My Heart and Love, Of a Kind, I had to read the collection of poems and source suitably relevant imagery to accompany each of them. For this book, photographer Sybil Sparkes was commissioned to produce a beautiful set of images taken on the island of Mustique.

For each of the books I have worked on I have worked closely with Felix Dennis, Caroline Rush on production and the printers at Butler, Tanner & Dennis.


Customer reviews on Amazon:

By Captain Brilliant on 5 Jun. 2014: “It wasn’t until I bought a another new book recently that I realised just how premier quality this book actually is. The embossed cover, the texture of the pages, the photographs and the layout make this perhaps the best quality book I own. It’s remarkably tactile.”

About this book:
Island of Dreams is a fabulous collection of poems and photographs from the Caribbean island of Mustique. Nearly all the poems were written on Mustique by bestselling poet, Felix Dennis, who lives on the island for up to five months each year. The photographs were taken by Sybil Sparkes. Island of Dreams is Felix Dennis’s fourth collection of poetry.

His first collection, A Glass Half Full, startled the British poetry establishment five years ago not least because it has become the bestselling book of original verse in the UK for years. Lone Wolf and When Jack Sued Jill both enjoyed similar success and audiences have flocked to hear Dennis perform on tour across the UK and USA. The Royal Shakespeare Company has presented evenings of his poetry to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic. Two major television documentaries in Britain and America have featured his verse.

“This is marvellous stuff… a 21st century Kipling. He rollicks and rolls with rhyme, meter, and melody.”
— Tom Wolfe

All financial proceeds from Island of Dreams are being donated to The Mustique Community Library.