Some days working in the bookshop can be dull. Some days it is drizzly outside and the door remains stubbornly shut as people walk past, hunched over, arms folded. But these days can be instantly transformed to joy, when someone comes through the door bearing new and wonderful artist's books.
This happened recently when I was introduced to the books of Hamish Jackson. He wins an (unofficial no-cash prize) Bookartbookshop award for being the author of the first publication that we have felt compelled to attach a safety warning to. Why? because the book, entitled Gerard (see picture), partly comprises of a real mouse trap!
Whilst being incredibly unique in it's construction, the book's content is more conventional than you might expect - being essentially a whodunnit. The opening pages, ask in bold letterpress type Who...Killed...Gerard? Accompanied by grisly screen-printed images of trapped mice (well and truly, this is not suitable bed-time reading for children). One comes to understand rather quickly that Gerard is a mouse, or rather is an ex-mouse. Want to know who killed Gerard? Come to the book shop to find out...
We have two copies of Gerard by Hamish Jackson, which was produced in an edition of 6 and costs £250. We also have in stock an entertaining and beautiful little storybook by Hamish called Pomplemoose for £45.
- Jon Lander