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In the midst of seemingly endless proofreads and edits it’s been easy to lose sight of the fact that the publication date for Precious Things is almost here. Just over a month until the book hits shelves, and this is what’s happened since the end of last year:

Precious ThingsWe have a cover! Remember my post about working with the HarperCollins design team to come up with one? They ended up creating one version to send me, and it was love at first sight. They’ve tweaked here and there to come up with a more readable font (especially handy when online covers are no larger than thumbnails) but I’m thrilled with the design, what do you think? It should be even more lovely in the flesh with tactile spot gloss, embossing and gold foil features, and it’s going to be amazing holding it in my hands when it finally arrives …

My agent Jane Gregory has sold the rights to German publisher, Verlag Kiepenheur & Witsch and HarperCollins Holland so far. We don’t have a firm date yet for publication in those countries, but Precious Things should be international within the next year or so – I can’t wait to see the translated versions. ‘Precious Things’ in Dutch? Doesn’t quite translate. So they’re calling it De reis van de parels or The Travel of the Pearls. How gorgeous is that?

Australian company Bolinda Audio will be publishing the audio book worldwide, with an English accent! The narrator should be confirmed soon. With my main protagonist living in London this seemed fitting, although I have a feeling it’s going to make the experience of listening to it even more surreal (and I was only a wee bit disappointed they didn’t want to record my nasal Aussie brogue narrating it ;-).

HarperCollins sent the book out far and wide for pre-publication endorsements last year. Here’s some of the feedback that’s come in. I can’t tell you how wonderful and strange it feels to have people I admire saying such lovely things:

‘A sparkling, feminine narrative, highlighting that what is lost can also be found’ – Kirstie Clements, Author of The Vogue Factor and former editor of Vogue Australia

‘An intricate mystery… love, life and fashion intertwine to create worlds that set the imagination alight.’ – Julie Carrol, New Idea Magazine

‘The stories of the different women Doust imagines are so touching and poignant. I loved it.’ – Kristy Allen, Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine

‘A mesmerising and sublimely told tale about how our stories and secrets outlive us, intertwined in the threads of our precious things.’ – Jacinta Tynan, author of Mother Zen and Sky News Presenter

‘Captivating, mesmerising and an absolute pleasure to read, Precious Things does not disappoint.’ – Dijanna Mulhearn, Author of Wardrobe 101

‘We are drawn in from start to end; this is a novel to get wonderfully lost in’ – Pia Jane Bijkerk, Blogger and Author of My Heart Wanders

‘Wonderful storytelling – I was bewitched.’ – Charlotte Smith, Author of Dreaming of Dior

And the book got a special mention in the annual ‘novels to look out for in 2016′ round-ups in both The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.

More to follow soon, with a blog post about the long and winding path to publication. Stay tuned!