Love, of a Kind

Book Design

by Felix Dennis. 2013, Ebury Press.

Complete design layout for; jacket, hard cover, end papers, inside pages, CD artwork and bookmark.

It was an incredible experience to work on this book as it involved selecting suitable imagery, to accompany each of the poems, from Felix’s huge personal collection of original Eric Gill illustrations. I was already a fan of Eric Gill’s work – so to be in a position to handle the original artwork was such a fantastic privilege. I created the entire book layouts as well as the cover artwork incorporating the beautiful heart illustration by talented artist Bill Sanderson.

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 review on Amazon:
By Ms. J. Hughes on 1 Oct. 2013: “A truly beautiful book of poetry – moving, funny, thought-provoking – and set against the most lovely illustrations. I really recommend this book for your own bookshelf and as a gift for others.”

About this book:
Love, Of A Kind was compiled and partly written under the illusion of a sentence of death. Diagnosed with cancer of the throat in January 2012, Felix Dennis responded by selecting, revising and writing poems for what he believed would be his last book. His themes are love, life, death and taking stock.

Following successful radical surgery and radiotherapy, he is now in remission, once again engaged in a life filled with poetry, live performance, the planting of trees and the getting of money. As the late Robert Woof, Director of the Wordsworth Trust, once observed: ‘You feel he lived it so richly, so dangerously, to be so wise for our delight.’

Dennis’s legions of fans will be delighted with a sulphurous collection of poems that pulls no punches, makes no excuses and seems ever ready to spit in the eye of mortality; poems that Shirley Conran has said ‘invoke sorrow as fast as regret, pain as readily as passion, and love as tenderly as murderous rage’.

Here is the seventh book of verse from a writer one instinctively feels is at the peak of his creative powers, one the American critic and novelist Tom Wolfe describes as ‘the best poet writing in the English language.’