Friday, February 06, 2015

COVER REVEAL: House of Windows by Alexia Casale

The Cover

The Product Description 

'The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.' Robert Louis Stevenson
Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he's going to Cambridge University aged 15, but he says that's just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his workaholic father.
Not that his strategy is working.
When he arrives at Cambridge, he finds the work hard and socialising even harder. Until, that is, he starts to cox for the college rowing crew and all hell breaks loose...

My reaction

I was absolutely thrilled and honoured when Alexia Casale asked both me and Luna from Luna's Little Library to co-host the cover reveal for Lexi's new book.  Her debut book, The Bone Dragon, is one of my favourite ever books. And I was always going to be crazy excited about anything else she writes.  And House of Windows sounds really intriguing.  I hope you all are just as excited about the cover and this book as Lexi, Luna and I are... 

Now onto my thoughts on the cover! When I first saw the cover for House of Windows, my first reaction was 'OMG, look at the pretty!' I absolutely love the colours in particular. And I love that this cover and The Bone Dragon are very similar in design with the trees and the splash of colour at the bottom leading up to a single figure.  In fact, here are the two covers next to each other so you can see how much they mirror each other. 

Aren't they gorgeous? I love the font that's used here and the softness of the colours. But also how you can see Cambridge in the background of House of Windows. What a pretty cover. I really hate that now it's a waiting game until July! 

In case that cover and the product description are just not enough to get you excited, here is Alexia Casale to bring you further hints about the story line and what you can expect...

Plot hints from Alexia Casale

I'm not allowed to reveal too much about the book, but I can say that it features a graveyard, a police station, tropical fish (deceased), a girl who wants to be a flower fairy (not deceased), a hospital, some very good singing, some very bad singing, an awful lot of coffee, and a very special book.

The story starts on Nick's 15th birthday: his birthday wish is to get a First in his First Year exams at University. The book ends one calendar year later.

Two things that I expect will surprise people after The Bone Dragon:
  1. House of Windows is probably best categorised as Literary Contemporary.
  2. It's written in the third person, past tense.

House of Windows by Alexia Casale is expected to be published by Faber on 2nd July 2015.  

What do you think? Excited?


  1. This looks and sounds simply gorgeous.

  2. Both of those look fantastic, can't remember seeing much of either of them before, will have to check them out.

    1. I hope you do, Darren! The Bone Dragon is a favourite of mine! House of Windows isn't published until July but that will soon come around :)


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