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Book Covers of Note June 2017

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Hey June, don’t make it bad, take a sad book and make its cover…


The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner; design by Steven Leard (Oneworld / June 2017)


The Answers by Catherine Lacey; design by Gray318 (Granta / June 2017)


Columbia Road by Linda Wilkinson; design by Clare Skeats (September Publishing / June 2017)


The Courage of Hopelessness by Slavoj Zizek; design by Richard Green (Allen Lane / May 2017)


Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong; design by Matt Johnson (Scribner UK / June 2017)


The Idiot by Elif Batuman; design by Suzanne Dean; illustration by Aino-Maija Metsola (Jonathan Cape / June 2017)

The colourful UK cover is an interesting contrast with the cover of the US edition, designed by Oliver Munday for Penguin:


The Illustrious House of Ramires by Eça de Queirós; design by Joan Wong (New Directions  / June 2017)


The Lure of Greatness by Anthony Barnett; design by Mark Ecob (Unbound / June 2017)


Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S J Sindu; design by Kimberly Glyder (Soho Press / June 2017)


Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan; design by Tyler Comrie (Scribner / June 2017)

A welcome addition to the books on book covers genre


My Soul Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris; design by Lauren Peters Collaer (Simon & Schuster / June 2017)


The Never King by James Abbott; design by Neil Lang (Tor / May 2017)

Neil’s embossed metallic silver cover for Selfie by Will Storr (Picador / June 2017) is also kind of great (and hilarious), but impossible to show well online:

Pages for Her and Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg; design by Justine Anweiler (Picador / June 2017)


The Song and the Silence by Yvetter Johnson; design by Jonathan Sainsbury (Atria / May 2017)


Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash; design by Karl Engebretson; illustration George Boorujy (Coffee House Press / June 2017)


White Fur by Jardine Libarie; design by Elena Giavaldi (Hogarth / May 2017)


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge; design by Greg Heinimann (Bloomsbury / June 2017)


X by Chuck Klosterman; design by Rachel Willey (Blue Rider Press / May 2017)

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2 Comments

  1. What a brilliant, inspiring collection. Thank you.

  2. Pingback: Book Covers of Note, October 2017 | The Casual Optimist

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