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October 4, 2015
by Dan
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The Inner-Space of J. G. Ballard’s High-Rise

With the release of the Ben Wheatley movie adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston imminent, Chris Hall looks at High-Rise and the ‘inner-space’ of J. G. Ballard’s science fiction for The Guardian: High-Rise is the final part of a quartet of novels … Continue reading

August 10, 2015
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Book Covers of Note August 2015

The entire book industry isn’t on vacation. It only seems that way. Here’s August’s book covers of note… The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction by Tom Perrin; design Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Macmillan / August 2016) Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by … Continue reading

March 12, 2014
by Dan
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Recent Covers of Note March 2014

The Arsonist by Sue Miller; design by Greg Heinimann Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor; design by Clare Skeats Beauty by Frederick Dillen; design by Christopher Lin Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey; illustration by Millie Marotta; design Samantha Johnson / … Continue reading

December 7, 2011
by Dan
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My Favourite Covers of 2010

At the end of last year, Joseph Sullivan, curator of the late lamented The Book Design Review, asked me to write about my favourite covers of 2010. I’d always stayed away from such posts in the past because it was Joseph’s … Continue reading

July 12, 2010
by Dan
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Penguin 75: Q & A with Paul Buckley and Christopher Brand

Launched with 10 titles by Allen Lane in 1935, Penguin Books turns 75 this year. To commemorate the anniversary, Executive VP Creative Director Paul Buckley has compiled Penguin 75, a collection of 75 book covers from the Penguin US archive. … Continue reading

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