Now the publishers, Allen & Unwin, have advised as follows..........
the pic on the cover of THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR is a self-portrait by a Kiwi school girl, Louise Hutt!
Here is the link to a story that appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/local/news/louise-books-spot-as-cover-girl/3936507/
And this is from Louise Hutt:
I took the photo for my Level 2 NCEA Photography. I did a series of works based on the painter Vermeer. I had an account on the art website DeviantArt where I put up my school work. In April 2010 I was contacted from the UK about using the image on the front cover of Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector. At first I thought it was a prank. I really didn't think it could be real - 17 year old me, from Whangamata Area School, on the cover of a book? And then it hit and I was just so gobsmacked.
It still feels a little surreal sometimes - especially when I first saw a copy.
These are the images I have on my DeviantArt account:
And this is the image as part of my folio board:
How absolutely lovely - what a terrific portrait and who'd have guessed it was a young girl from the Bay of Plenty - well done to Louise Hutt and thank you for the link Graham. Covers - oh they do matter, they really, really do.
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