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Books, Design and Culture

January 27, 2016
by Dan
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Julian Barnes and Suzanne Dean in Conversation

At the Penguin Blog, author Julian Barnes and designer Suzanne Dean discuss their 20 year creative relationship with Alex Clark: “What’s so nice about working with Julian is the trust; I think that’s really important. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
by Dan
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Front Row: The Art of Book Cover Design

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row talks to Suzanne Dean, creative director at Random House UK, about the art of book cover design. Dean, who was very publicly thanked by Julian Barnes for her work on his book The Sense of … Continue reading

December 9, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

An interview with designer Suzanne Dean, creative director at Random House UK,  in The Daily Telegraph: For this year’s Man Booker winner, Dean tried out, in her own estimation, about 20 different jackets. Working with the book’s themes of time and … Continue reading

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