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ABCD Award Winners 2017


The winners of the annual Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony London in last night. The dashing Danny Arter has a posted a full report on the proceedings at The Bookseller. You can see all the winning covers below… 

Young Adult

The Memory Book by Lara Avery; design by Sinem Erkas (Quercus / January 2017)


Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente; design & illustration by Nathan Burton (Corsair / August 2016)


The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman; design by Jack Smyth (Little, Brown / April 2016)

Series Design

Vintage Virginia Woolf; design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Aino-Maija Metsola (Vintage / October 2016)


The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier; design Jamie Keenan (Virago / October 2016)


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; design by Dominica Clements; illustration by Oliver Jeffers (Doubleday / October 2016)

Women’s Fiction

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler; design by Kris Potter (Hogarth / June 2016)

Literary Fiction

The Start of Something by Stuart Dybek; design Suzanne Dean; cover art by Marion de Man (Jonathan Cape / November 2016) 


Maestra by L.S. Hilton; design by Blacksheep (Zaffre Publishing / March 2016)

Mass Market

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman; design by Jack Smyth (Little, Brown / May 2016)

All of this year’s shortlisted covers can be found on the ABCD website. Last year’s winning covers can be seen here; the 2015 winners here

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