The Guardian recently acknowledged the obsession of some readers for endpapers. These are the colourful patterned pages between the cover and the rest of the book, usually on hardbacks.
Although there will not be a hardcover edition of Known Only to Kings, Sam has made endpapers for it, and they will be included in the book. As you might expect, it’s a diamond motif, a repeating diamond pattern in light blue. I think it will look elegant.
It’s a little flourish to make the book feel a little bit more special when the reader opens it. Much nicer, to my mind, than a bare white opening.
I’m not sure how much it’s going to cost me. Maybe it was a needless expense. I’ll be interested whether any readers notice it or comment on it.