This beautiful book was the brainchild of Lynne Chitty who has been working on the project for over a year. Since January 2021 she has been joined by wildlife artist Gary Hodges to help compile and oversee the book production. The book is being designed by Paul Whymant-Morris, who has over 30 years experience of working with top agencies, big name pop stars and numerous books, all designed with care and attention to detail. The book will be printed in the UK by Emmerson Press who have supported wildlife charities for over three decades. They are generously donating their printing costs, saving this project at least £8,000.
Some examples of double page spreads below (click on image to enlarge):
Martin Aveling double page spread
Sangita Iyer double page spread
Chris Rose double page spread
Guy Combes double page spread
There will be a two book launches (10 and 11 September) held at the prestigious Nature in Art museum in Gloucestershire, UK celebrating the creation of the book and celebrating animals themselves.
A selling exhibition of the art and photography will be staged in conjunction with the launch starting 7 September. The artworks will be hung in the main two galleries at Nature in Art, the world's first and Europe's only museum dedicated to art inspired by nature. At least 50% of sales will go to the animal charities featured in the book.
Among the treasure trove of contributors are Dame Maureen Lipman, Jonathan and Angela Scott and Pam Ayres MBE. For a full list of contributors please click here.
The timeless Virginia McKenna OBE has written the beautifully composed foreword and also has the last word in the book, with a recently written poignant poem.
LEGACY OF LOVE BOOK & LIMITED EDITION BOOK FACTS:
Large format hardback 350mm x 245 mm
350 pages, personalised name & gold edges in Limited Edition
Forest Stewardship Council certified paper
Printed in the UK to reduce carbon emissions
Printed by Emmerson Press donating print costs of at least £8,000
All profits to animal charities featured in the book
All contributors gave their time freely
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Jonathan & Angela Scott double page spread
Derek Robertson double page spread
Karen Laurence Rowe double page spread
Rula Lenska double page spread