You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post entitled An Open Letter to Vintage Books in which I bemoaned the fact that my paperback copy of The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, published by Vintage, did not match my three other Nesbo paperbacks (Nemesis, The Devil’s Star and The Redeemer), despite them all being bought around the same time. And as a reader dedicated to the, ahem, sensitive collection of books let’s call it (as my blogging friend Emma Newman did), this annoyed me no end as up on my bookshelf, they wouldn’t match.
My Nesbo Collection: Before
Now although it does annoy me that the books don’t match I wasn’t crying about it – I do have some perspective, people! – and the post was a bit tongue in cheek. (A little bit.) I certainly didn’t expect anyone at Vintage to a) find it or b) take my postscript about having a root around the office for a matching Snowman for me any way seriously, although as I was writing it I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be nice – and funny – if they did.
(Not to mention the fact that I’d also be able to look at my bookshelves again without breaking out with a nervous sweat. But anyway.)
Mere hours after it was posted the lovely Alison Hennessey who is behind Vintage Books’ Twitter account asked me for my address – saying ‘I might have a little package for you…’ – and then this morning said package arrived in the post.
Well, it came by courier. Because it was big.
Now. Are you prepared for some truly amazing and way-beyond-the-call of duty loveliness?
Alison didn’t send me a Snowman to match my existing collection. She couldn’t because that cover design has been discontinued. So instead she sent me brand new copies of Nemesis, The Redeemer and The Devil’s Star to match my copy of The Snowman.
You’re thinking now, wow, that’s so nice of her! But it doesn’t end there.
She also sent me a copy of The Redbreast, which I didn’t have (because it was out of stock during my Nesbo bookstore spree) and – wait for it – a copy of his latest novel The Leopard, which is only out this week.
I mean, seriously.
How nice is that?
I’ll tell you: it is ridiculously nice. Like, for reals.
So thank you, thank you, thank you Alison (who said she could totally sympathize with my spine-mismatching pain – I’m not the only one!) and all at Vintage Books. I am so looking forward to cuddling up with all my Nesbos and then once they’re read, gazing at them adoringly for hours at a time.
Vintage: you totally rock, and all cover-changing is forgiven.
(Just don’t do it again, okay…?)