About the project
Vince's biographical project was a pleasure to work on. We assisted him with marketing and creating his metadata before we designed a cover for his ebook, and used our Ebook Designer's Touch™ to create a design for his ebook that was warm, welcoming and in line with his genre. With the cover and design ready to go, we converted his Word document into epub and mobi, with a number of added images. Within a short amount of time, the ebook was ready for distribution and we aggregated it onto our usual vendors.
In "Smell the Gum Leaves", Vince O’Rourke—born in 1940 in the iconic Australian central western town of Longreach, Queensland— presents an evocative and humorous reflection on a Catholic boy’s upbringing in the 1950s.
O’Rourke takes a nostalgic trip through Catholic convent schools as a boarder before high schooling at the fledgling Villanova College in Brisbane, Qld. He also shares his experience as a student of Augustan Theology and life in an Augustinian seminary in the USA.
O’Rourke’s shares his journey through a 1960s Teachers College and the world of the rural high school teacher at Cunnamulla and Ipswich.
"Smell the Gum Leaves" continues on to provide interesting insights into the life of the Queensland public servant at the department of education in the late 1970s. It also describes the newly created catholic school system in Brisbane that O’Rourke would ultimately lead. This memoir of a young country boy’s passage to adulthood will delight lovers of Australian history. It will also reverberate with those who grew up in this era of intolerance and bigotry, of a church triumphant.
This book cover for Vince won a Gold Star in the Book Designer's monthly ebook awards for April 2016.
JF: This seems a perfect cover for a personal memoir; idiosyncratic, self-effacing, and anchored to a specific place. (“Gum” trees are called eucalyptus elsewhere.) ★