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ABCD Award Winners 2016


Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted covers at the third annual Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Make sure you read Daniel Benneworth-Gray‘s report on last night’s “shindig” at the Creative Review, but in the meantime, all the winning designs are below:

fox and the star

The Fox and the Star, written, illustrated and designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Particular Books / August 2015)

Young Adult

Asking For It design Kate Gaughran
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill; design by Kate Gaughran (Quercus / September 2015)

Sci-Fi / Fantasy

A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar; design by Ben Summers (Hodder / March 2015)

Mass Market

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum; design by Jo Thompson; illustration by Maricor/Maricar (Mantle / March 2015)

Literary Fiction

Memoirs of a Dipper design by Gray318
Memoirs of a Dipper by Nell Leyshon; design by Gray318 (Fig Tree / June 2015)

Crime / Thriller

Whisky Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer; design by Richard Bravery (Penguin / June 2015)


egg design by Clare Skeats
Egg by Blanche Vaughan; design by Clare Skeats (Wiedenfeld & Nicolson / March 2015)

Series Design

Great Northern design James Paul Jones
Great Northern? by Arthur Ransome; design James Paul Jones; illustration by Pietari Posti (Vintage / March 2015)

Classics / Reissue

Far From the Madding Crowd design Sinem Erkas
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy; design by Sinem Erkas (Orion / September 2015)

Women’s Fiction

I Love Dick design by Peter Dyer
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus; design by Peter Dyer (Profile Books / November 2015)

You can see all last year’s winners here.

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