I was delighted to receive my copy of Stuart Woodhead's new book 'Joy Laurey - The Girl Who Pulls The Strings' as one of my Christmas presents.
I had met and corresponded with Joy Laurey over several years in connection with my research for the painting 'Diamonds'. Joy created the marionette 'Mr Turnip' for children's TV in the 1950s and I used his image to symbolise my childhood in the picture.
Stuart Woodhead had read about this connection on my website and came to interview me about Joy and I was pleased that he wanted to use 'Diamonds' as one of the illustrations for his book.
You can see the front cover of the book, the painting and a replica of Mr Turnip on my recent Instagram and Facebook posts.