John F. Hanley

  • The Last Boat - launched!

    The ebook version is now available through Amazon, Troubador and other outlets.

    See The Last Boat's order page for more details. It's already attracted a FIVE STAR review from a reader and author who loved Against The Tide.

    The paperback version should be available soon.

    I spent a day at TJ International in Padstow, Cornwall on Wednesday 17th July being utterly amazed at the scale of the production process. The investment in machinery and skilled staff is immense and many of the UKs top selling books are produced here. The Last Boat should be rolling off their presses in time for its official publication date on 1st August.

    Each of those piles in the photographs is a paperback book waiting to be married to its cover. The books are produced from plates which contain up to 64 pages on a single sheet!

    The process is highly automated and very noisy and the pages whiz through at bewildering speed.

    I'm standing next to a pile which could be the pages for The Last Boat though that is still in the production queue though a sample of the cover was printed while I waited by printer John who is holding it up with my wife, Liz.



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