The original idea for the cover is actually stolen from the book FLASHMAN ON THE MARCH. There is a whole series of books about Flashman and although I only managed to read through one of them - the covers are absolutely amazing. Worth buying the books just for the covers.

Before I decided on this theme - I went through many ideas, among them me sitting on a horse in a typical british landscape with traditional fox-hunting clothes, bravely looking out to the horizon. That idea was firmly rejected by my wife who said she would rather die than paint such a painting.