The all-important look of Piccadilly Publishing books is also being crafted by our Scottish artist-in-residence, Edward Martin. Ed worked for the Post Office until he was made redundant in a reorganisation. There followed twenty years as a manager with Scottish Borders Council, from which Ed eventually took early retirement. Married to Shelagh, and the father of two sons, Paul and John, Ed is, amazingly, a self-taught artist. “I picked up an old set of my wife’s oil paints when I was made redundant,” Ed remembers, “just for something to do to fill my time, and have been painting ever since. I love Western movies and books, and mourn the passing of the days when you could walk into a bookshop and pick and choose through dozens of Western titles, especially the old Gold Medal, Bantam and Corgi paperbacks.” Ed made his PP debut with the cover for Death Rides a Palomino, the fourth book in our ongoing Piccadilly Publishing Presents series. Since then he has also taken over the cover duties for a number of important (but right now still-secret) new series, which will be appearing throughout 2013 and beyond.