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Bryan has recently done these sketches of the three protagonists for SF writer Gwyneth Jones. They are from her forthcoming novel Bold As Love. Bryan may be doing the frontispiece for the book.

The sun was setting in a flood of scarlet and gold, as a small white van cruised to a halt on the Caversham Road. Heraldic colour arced majestically over the Thames valley, glowing in the edging windscreens and blanking out the visors of the traffic cops. The van, Anansi's Jamaica Kitchen, was driven by a calm, amiable Rasta who seemed to have been training himself from birth for trials like this- IMAGINE....

Imagine three extraordinary people, in some most extraordinary times... It's Dissolution Summer. As the United Kingdom prepares to break up into three nations, (Northern Ireland already someone else's problem), the Counterculturals have gathered, in Hyde Park, at Glastonbury, and notably in the meadows by the river at Reading, for a festival where everything's allowed. Among them is a talented little brat called Fiorinda, rock and roll princess by birth, searching for her father, the legendary Rufus O'Niall. Instead she finds Ax Preston, the soft-spoken guitar-man with bizarre delusions about saving the country from the dark ages. Shit happens. The pop-icon team that's supposed to make the government look cool features Fiorinda, Ax Preston, and Sage Pender, techno-wizard king of the lads. More shit happens. When they said everything's allowed, down by that riverside, they weren't envisaging automatic rifles...

A shamelessly romantic fantasy about England. And rock and roll.

See also the image of Ax and Fi and the The Bold as Love frontispiece in gallery 11, the Castles Made of Sand frontispeice in gallery 13 the Midnight Lamp frontispiece in gallery 16, and the Band of Gypsys frontispiece in gallery 18.

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