The Children's Book by
Bound by Derek Hood
Chatto & Windus, 2009
Responding to the novel was greatly aided by the beautifully vivid and dark imagery created by the author.
The bleak seascapes of Dungeness and the surrounding marshlands define the colour palette.
The book is bound in ‘dark shadow’ grey with two voyeuristic mirrored window panels.
The female lines and forms of the pottery within seduce and soften the fractured image of the
Prometheus vase from the V&A. Glimpses of crimson are visible to reflect the elusive Iznik red that
the potter Benedict Fludd so painstakingly tries to reproduce. The golden imagery of fairy tales is
echoed in the hand gilded 24-carat book edges. The use of Arts & Crafts wallpaper inside the
covers symbolizes ‘Todefright’ – Olive Wellwood’s home and writing sanctuary.
The book is housed in a box within a box.