Alison Percival wrote a fascinating post last week about book titles and how important they were to the success of a publication. She has changed the working title of her own novel a number of times and even tried out a fun algorithm to discover if her title had all the hallmarks of a best-seller.
In my comment on her post, I mentioned how some book titles alone can be enough to persuade me to buy and gave the example of Christopher Brookmyre’s novel “All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye”. We’re great fans of the Scottish crime writer ever since his book, “A Big Boy did it and Ran Away” captured Hubby’s imagination when he came across it in a bookshop many years ago.
I remembered this online discussion when I saw that Tara Cain’s Gallery theme this week is BOOKS. The Brookmyre novel sprang to mind and I had the perfect picture to represent it. This impressive piece of art is situated outside the Photographic Museum (Fotografiska) in Stockholm: we saw it when we were travelling in Sweden this summer. The bronze sculpture, by Swedish artist Dan Wolgers, is called ‘Torso’….. missing a body as well as an eye?