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Book Covers of Note May 2017

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Everything is awful. Except for book covers…


Black Skins, White Masks by Frantz Fanon; design by David Pearson (Pluto Press / May 2017)


The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes; design by Ami Smithson; illustration Petra Börner (Mantle / May 2017)


The Circus by Olivia Levez; design by Nathan Burton (Oneworld / May 2017)

Nathan’s cover for The Island by Olivia Levez was on my list of Notable YA Book Covers last year:

And also by the talented Mr. Burton…


The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gate by Jacob Bacharach; design by Nathan Burton (Liveright / April 2017)


Feel Happier in Nine Seconds by Linda Besner; design by Scott Albrecht (Coach House Books / May 2017)


Fen by Daisy Johnson; design by Kimberly Glyder (Graywolf / May 2017)

The cover of the UK edition of Fen designed by Suzanne Dean was a book cover of note in June last year


Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3; design by Daniela Silva; neon sign by Steve Earl / Kemp London (Granta / May 2017)


Hadriana In All My Dreams by René Depestre; design by Christian Fuenfhausen (Akashic Books / May 2017)


I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald; design by Jack Smyth (Scribner UK / April 2017)


Ill Will by Dan Chaon; design by Christopher Lin (Ballantine Books / March 2017)


The Leavers by Lisa Ko; design by Elena Giavaldi (Algonquin / May 2017)


Lobbying for Change by Alberto Alemanno; design by Dan Mogford (Icon / May 2017)

Multi-coloured letters are a thing this month. See below… 


My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci; design by Oliver Munday (Pantheon / April 2017)


The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi; design by Jamie Keenan (Faber & Faber / May 2017)


Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood; design by Rachel Willey (Riverhead / May 2017)

The cover of the UK edition, designed by Richard Green, takes quite a different direction…


Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy; design by Aurora Parlagreco; illustration by Daniel Stolle (Balzer + Bray / May 2017)

The same designer-illustrator team were on my 2015 YA list for their cover for Julie Murphy’s previous book Dumplin’.


Rock n’ Radio by Ian Howarth; design by David Drummond (Vehicule Press / May 2017)

See! Multicoloured lettering is where it is at… 


This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe; design by Martha Kennedy; photography by GUZMAN (HMH / May 2017)


Toussaint Louverture by Charles Forsdick & Christian Høgsbjerg; design by Gray318 (Pluto Press / May 2017)


We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby; design by Joan Wong (Vintage / May 2017)


The Violence of Austerity edited by David Whyte and Vickie Cooper; design by James Paul Jones (Pluto Press / May 2017)


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon; design by Regina Flath (Simon Pulse / May 2017)

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  1. Really love that cover of Franz Fanon’s book. My copy doesn’t have such a great design.
    And I love that cover of Fen with just the lock of hair. (well, I think it’s hair. It could be paint, maybe.)

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