A pleasant surprise awaited me at the Brighton Beach Post Office today. It was a copy of the published version of The Long Slumber by James Walker Hastie which I edited last year, sent to me by the author. Until I received it, I didn’t know that it was now in print, and as always it was a thrill to see the finished product of something one has helped to create.
The book was written in Scotland with a mythical setting perhaps in the East. The cover was done in Essex. It was edited in South Africa, and made in USA, My copy was directed to Brighton Beach in Vancouver, Canada, before finally coming to the Durban one. At least they didn’t try the sandy bit of Brighton, UK, or the Melbourne version!
There is, as may be seen, a description of being ‘a journey of enlightenment’. My copy certainly had quite a journey before I was enlightened!