THE GLIMMERING THING by Christopher Cork

This is a simple and timeless children’s picture storybook based around sailing and beautifully illustrated by artist and sailor, Christopher Cork whose widow, Algarve resident Beverley Hammon, has dedicated many years to getting it published. Captain Chris and his first mate, Joshua, see a beautiful glimmering thing shining in the distance and young readers are invited to climb aboard and set sail on a magical adventure through the story.

Christopher Cork developed a passion for sailing while living in Cornwall and sailed single-handed around Ireland, and The Glimmering Thing is a nostalgic celebration of his sailing days.  He was a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and he painted the story of Captain Chris and his dog, Joshua while living in Yorkshire.  Here is Beverley’s account of how she managed to get the beloved book published.

“To get this book published is a project that has been close to my heart for over twenty years. Christopher usually worked with big canvases in oils and acrylics, but the 32 small paintings for The Glimmering Thing came as a playful and delightful surprise. When he was alive it was something for our family and friends to enjoy, but after he died I wanted others to enjoy it too.

In 1989 I found a publisher with the help of my sister-in-law in Toronto. Rubicon publishes children’s educational books and the owner publishes some special creative work that she likes. It looked as though The Glimmering Thing would be in print very soon, but fate determined otherwise. They decided to drop the book as there was a recession and they needed to cut back.

Years passed and life moved on. Ten years after Christopher’s death I married again and my husband and I decided to retire to the Algarve in 2001. One of the things I did was to discover the joys (and frustrations too of course) of working with a computer. I especially like Adobe Photoshop and in 2006 decided to make a video of The Glimmering Thing for the family. Once more I got much pleasure from the images and thought that others would enjoy it very much as a book.

Then, out of the blue, the original Canadian publisher contacted me via my sister-in-law and said she wanted the story as part of a new children’s series they were doing. The amazing thing is that she remembered after eighteen years. The extraordinary coincidence that I had been working on the images at the time seemed like a miracle to me.”

This gorgeous little book will be a wonderful gift to a young child and will be passed on from generation to generation.