Sunday, 17 January 2010
Thanks to everyone who took part in the lookalike contest. I think that when more people have read the book then I'll have some more, to get an idea of what other characters looks like.
Anyway..the winners! They're both pictures of teenagers, and they've been sent in by a proud mum and a proud daughter.
The runner up is Candy Gourlay's cover mock-up modelled by her son. Both hilarious and brilliant - worthy of a signed copy.
And the winner is Lorelei King's picture of her dad, John King, taken when he was 16. Lorelei says, "The whole uncropped picture has him sitting there with an open book and a pipe ... and he was just 16! Too adorable. I think he must've been in university then. He was quite brilliant and went to uni very young.
He's been dead for 25 years, I'm sorry to say... He would be about 78 or 79 now had he lived.
He was brilliant, funny, maddening, difficult, charming - and a devil with the women!"
You have to imagine John in a hoodie, because his hair's not right, but the eyes, mouth and eyebrows have it. And I love the idea that his picture wins a contest more than sixty years after it was taken.
So Candy and Lorelei, send your addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org and your prizes will be with you as soon as I can lay my hands on some more copies.