Create a book cover for a Christian book called Finding Myself in Britain: An American's Reflections on Faith, Home, and True Identity
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The author is an American who has lived in the UK for nearly 20 years. She is married to a Vicar and has two young children. The author is widely published in magazines and online. She is a speaker and blogger. Professionally she is a highly experienced commissioning editor and this is her first book.
The target audience is primarily, but not exclusively, female Christian readers in the UK. This book will also be distributed in print and ebook in the US and Australia.
TITLE: Finding Myself in Britain
SUB-TITLE: An American's Reflections on Faith, Home, and True Identity
AUTHOR: Amy Boucher Pye
GENRE: Christian Inspirational
You are designing a book cover which will
1. work beautifully at full size
2. be strong when seen in thumbnail view.
You will design a cover suitable for:
• paperback book of B format with high white paper
• an ebook (format consistent with Amazon guidelines.)
**The paperback book will be approximately 250 pages long.
SETTINGS & THEMES
The book is a series of reflections on life and Christian faith in the UK from the viewpoint of a transplanted American who has married an British Vicar. She misses home but loves her new family. She becomes deeply involved with traditional British life and traditions.
The book is split into 4 parts following the school/Church year, sections include:
Introduction: A Stranger in a Foreign Land
Part 1: Fall into Autumn
1: “More Tea, Vicar?”
2: The Day They Buried Diana
3: School Days
4: Bringing in the Sheaves
5: “We Will Remember”
Part 2: Winter Wonderland
6: Life as a VW
7: Advent: A Time to Wait; A Time to Hope; A Time to Bake
8: The Light of Christ Has Come into our World
9: The New Year Dawns
10: Come to my Party!
Part 3: Marching into Spring
11: By Your Accent Shall Ye Know Them
12: “Behold Your King!”: Preparing for Easter
13: Easter Eggs; Baby Chicks; the Risen Christ
14: Festival Time
15: Plumbing the Depths
Part 4: Summer Nights
16: Rain, Rain, Go Away…
17: The Rhythm of Rest
18: What’s in a Name?
19: Queuing, and other British Sports
20: Parallel Lives
Epilogue: Liquid Love, Acknowledgements, Recipes
It is warm and funny in parts, poignant and deep in others. It offers profound spiritual insights on life and UK culture. It combines narrative with cultural commentary and spiritual reflection.
THE BOOKS THEMES:-
• Finding oneself in another country and culture
• Displacement and restlessness
• Bemusement of British culture with its quirks
• Bringing up a family with different cultural influences
• A desire to engage with the new but not lose home connections
• Hope and change and stronger faith
• Identity in God not in location
• Growth through the challenges
KEY WORDS/ PHRASES:-
• The aching longing for the loved ones and lifestyle she left behind
• Stranger in a strange land, bemused by our foibles
• From toilets to tea and tennis, drizzle to driving, reserve to religious observance, sarcasm to self-deprecation, queuing to cricket, not to mention language, class and vicarage oddities. Or, from Harvest to Remembrance to the Queen’s Speech to Mothering Sunday to Wimbledon. Also plumbing, accents, the weather.
AUTHOR'S TONE/ VOICE:-
The Author’s voice is thoughtful, deep, funny, open, vulnerable and honest about struggles.
The book style is intelligent, beautifully written with a thematic flow but each chapter stands alone.
Primary: UK based female 25-65 Christians.
Secondary: Female Christians readers in US & Australia
THOUGHTS ON DESIGN:-
We aren't looking anything too twee - or formulaic.