Ready for your close up?

Friday was one of the more surreal moments of my professional life to date. Sarah and I were at HarperCollins publishers overseeing the photoshoot for the images for our forthcoming book. 

Because the book offers detailed descriptions of how each individual vowel and consonant sound is made, we need close up photographs of the mouth on each sound. This meant spending the day with the wonderful Maria- lucky owner of the world's most beautiful mouth- asking her to pose into exactly the right specific pose for each sound. 

The glamorous world of publishing

It's been an exciting and busy few months. I've been putting the final touches to my book 'Work on Your Accent', which is due to be published by HarperCollins in August 2012.

I'm so excited about the project. I've been co-authoring with the wonderful Sarah Shepherd, and with the help of our fantastic editors I think we've created a really useful practical guide. It's going to be a must-have for anyone who speaks English as a second language and wants to learn about British accents and pronunciation.

More to come on that soon. For now, I better get back to work!