The way it all started
In 1986, while I was browsing new English books in a bookshop at Aachen, I chanced on Graham Greene's 'forgotten novel', THE TENTH MAN. I liked the book and was convinced that it would be worth reading in class. However, it disappeared on my bookshelves where it soon fell into oblivion.
Years later, when I happened to see a TV film of the same name with Anthony Hopkins in the leading role, I remembered the book and decided to adapt it for the use at German schools. A German publisher for this annotated version was soon found but finding out the licence holder turned out to be a serious problem. As soon as it was solved the book could be published by Klett together with a Teacher´s Guide in 1997.
I had enjoyed this occupation so much that from that time on I have spent the major part of my pastime reading and trying to discover new English fictional works that would not only be the right readers for German students, but also meet the publishers' economic interests. And here was the rub:
YOU CAN'T TELL A BOOK BY ITS COVER
nor by its title. My experience
taught me that this proverb hits the nail on the head and therefore
I decided to start this page. I hope that it will supply those readers
who are still wavering, whether to read my publications or not, with
more details and additional information.
Sam Shepard, True West
(a Black American drama)