Cover design round-up: August 2021

Cover design round-up: August 2021

Hello, and welcome to the long-overdue (apologies!) round-up of the best UK book covers released in August.

As is usual for these round-ups, a few designs were uncredited when this post went live (thankfully, now rectified).To that end, a quick pointer to a recent tweet by Ebyan Egal, which flagged some really pertinent points in terms of crediting cover designs.

This month also sees the return of the Academy of British Cover Design's annual awards; last year's were run online, owing to pandemic restrictions. It's worth pointing out that, unlike many design awards, these are administered, run and voted for entirely by those in the book design industry and, vitally, there is no admission feeā€”both for the event itself, and submitting work for consideration. The awards are a great way for designers to share their work with those in the sector and beyond, with 10 awards handed out on the night. The event will take place at Hoxton Square's Udderbelly on 23rd September (more details, as per the ABCD Twitter account, can be found here), and we're very much looking forward to toasting the best of the sector.

Until next time...



Jonathan Litton and Wenjia Tang's Eureka! was designed by Emma Jennings for the 360 Degrees imprint. Isabelle de Cat designed Kate Manne's Entitled for Allen Lane.



Another Allen Lane title, Samantha Cristoforetti's Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut, was deisgned by Richard Green. Greg Heinimann designed the cover for Amia Srinivasan's The Right to Sex, which is published by Bloomsbury.



Gill Heeley designed the jacket for Nina Mingya Powles' Small Bodies of Water (Canongate); Kristen Arnett's With Teeth was designed by Lauren Peters-Collaer for Corsair; it's an adaptation of a cover used in the US.



We've three Faber issues this month: Jack Smyth designed Jean Hanff Korelitz' The Plot, while Rachel Ingalls' Caliban was designed by Peter Adlington. The latter is part of a new Faber Editions series, which is well worth checking out; Creative Review have run a nice piece with the series designers, Adlington and Jonathan Pelham. Both of these Faber titles were art directed by Donna Payne.



The third Faber title, Matthew Francis' Wing, was designed by Paddy Fox. The first of a couple of Fourth Estate titles, Virginia Feito's Mrs March, was designed by Jo Thomson.



Marcus du Sautoy's Thinking Better, another Fourth Estate release, was designed by Steve Leard. Granta's cover for Hiromi Kawakami's People from my Neighbourhood was designed by Claire Skears, with photography from Martin Slivka, and the model pictured was created by Karen Britcliffe.



Arneaux designed Daisy Lafarge's Paul for Granta, while the cover for Anthony Veasna So's Afterparties (Grove Press) is designed by Elizabeth Yaffe, based on an illustration by Monnyreak Ket.



Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Velvet was the Night (Jo Fletcher Press) was designed by Tim Green at Faceout Studio. Georgie Grows a Dragon by Emma Lazell was illustrated by Lazell, designed by Sarah Crookes, and art directed by Neil Dunnicliffe.



Matthew Young designed Stephen Sexon's Cheryl's Destinies for Penguin; Jamie Keenan created the artwork for Mary South's You Will Never be Forgotten for Picador. The latter was art directed by Katie Tooke.



Encounters with Euclid by Benjamin Wardhaugh (Princeton University Press) was designed by Lauren Smith. Candas Jane Dorsey's The Adventures of Isabel (Pushkin Press) is another cover created by Jack Smyth.



Evi O Studio created the cover for Lexy Wren-Sillevis' Womxn (Pyramid), using illustration by Margaux Carpentier. Emily Lapworth created the cover for Pippa Middlehurst's Bowls & Broths, using illustration by Han Valentine. The latter is published by Quadrille.



Sanjena Sathian's Gold Diggers (S&S) was designed by Stephanie Ross, with illustrations coming from Gurnanee Gudibanda. Beatrice Hitchman's All of You Every Single One (Serpent's Tail) was art directed by Peter Dyer, with illustration from Koloman Moser.



Dyer also art-directed the cover for Anna Krien's Act of Grace, which was designed by gray318. Verso's cover for Dario Gentili's The Age of Precarity was designed by Sean Yendrys.



Najeebah Al-Ghadban designed a second Verso cover included here, for Hwang Sok-Yong's The Prisoner. Julia Connolly created the artwork for Elif Shafak's The Island of Missing Trees (Viking).



Jamie Hammond designed and illustrated Walker's Sex Ed, while Eimear McBride's Something Out of Place was created by Holly Ovenden, for Wellcome.