|Untitled - Jago Stone (1971)
This MailChimp newsletter is another opportunity to share the feedback that I have received to date from readers of 'The Remarkable Life of Jago Stone'.
Many of you will have seen the blogpost that I published on May 6 and also posted on Facebook. Here's the main thrust:
'I couldn't resist sharing this [an online review from Frost Magazine.com - see below] having received the alert
this morning from Lauren at my publisher, Unicorn, that it was out there in cyberspace.
Lauren also told me that my biography of Jago Stone has been nominated for the long-list of the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History. How cool is that!'
|Untitled palette-knife - Jago Stone (1969)
|The Old Wool Market, Chipping Campden - Jago Stone (1971)
Okay, I cried. I had to restrain myself from reading your book in chapters and NOT sitting down and reading it all in one go. Pacing myself through the pages, I found myself drifting back to a time when I was very happy living in a beautiful place and sharing that wonderful time with Don and all my British and American friends. I wandered the roads through Bloxham again and I heard the roar of the F-111s taking off from Upper Heyford. The pictures and places shown in the book gave me the chance to take out my 1979 "New Book of the Road," Reader's Digest AA map book and look up all the names l listed and then remembering driving down the lanes of many of them. It was, and is, so bittersweet. I am thrilled I took my Jago Stone watercolor off the wall that day and looked up his name on the internet! Your online detecting was marvelously placed between the covers of this book! I can still see that flamboyant artist sitting in my driveway and painting away on that sunny afternoon in 1983. Thank you for your detective work, your own artistic writing talent, your dear wife's inspiration through her inherited paintings that led you to start your detecting (and, I'm sure her help) and the serendipity that led me to finding Jago again and having him "drawn out" in your biography. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You know I'll read this book many times and probably still wind up crying every time...
I count myself blessed having met such lovely people following this cyberspace trail as a 21st century digital detective. Thank you Jessica and Becky - and all my sources and contacts on both sides of the Pond.
|Untitled palette-knife - Jago Stone (Bardon:1968)
Please, please - add your own reviews on line on Amazon or Waterstone's or send to me by personal email when you finish reading. This is hardly the best time to have a book published and sales will, to some extent, depend on word-of-mouth recommendation. If you can help publicise the virtues of a cracking good read, Unicorn and I will be very grateful.
|Kenneth Griffith and Jago in the Notley Arms, Exmoor - 5 February 1969
Here are the links for ordering copies of the biography of Jago Stone:
You can also use this page to access all my Jago Stone blogs. The blog-posts are also there for your enjoyment - and comments. Press this link here to start accessing these posts: https://robdonovan.blogspot.com/2019/01/jago-stone-american-connection-part.html