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It feels like an awfully long time ago that I wrote about the excitement of having my book cover design accepted by the publisher and now, at last, I can finally share that book cover design with you.
Drum roll please…

The Banana Road by Andrea Montgomery. Cover design by Emily Flanagan

This beautiful book cover design belongs to our very talented niece Emily Flanagan. Having visited Jack and me in Tenerife and walked the Banana Road herself on several occasions, Emily was perfectly placed to be able to capture the spirit of my memoir in her design. Here we have a (very flattering) outline of me walking down the road – a view which anyone who follows our hiking adventures will be all too familiar with and one which a friend once described as ‘the most photographed arse in Christendom’ – towards the unmistakeable outline of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain.

As its name suggests, the road is bordered on both sides by swathes of banana plantations and, as it has no shade whatsoever, is prone to becoming incredibly hot, something that Emily has captured perfectly in those sizzling tones. Overall, the book cover design places the drama in an exotic, sub-tropical location and depicts a journey which is both literal and symbolic of the journey our move to Tenerife took us on. Besides all of that, I think it’s a beautiful image.

Would this cover entice you to flip the book over and read the back page blurb?

The Banana Road, back cover blurb

In this case, you most definitely can judge a book by its cover. Coming soon.


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