Cover design round-up: June 2021

Welcome to our round-up of the best book cover designs published this month, June. Owing to out-of-offices there are a few uncredited jackets at the time of writing, so if you are able to help us out with that, do let us know.

Last month also saw our British Book Award for Designer of the Year awarded to Simon & Schuster Children's Books' Jane Buckley. Congratulations to Jane, and you can read a post-Nibbies interview with her about the award and her career to date here. There was also a High Commendation awarded to Stuart Wilson of Pan Macmillan, so further congratulations to him, and indeed to the eight other shortlistees.

Until next time...



A couple of 4th Estate titles to start: Joyce Carol Oates' Night Sleep and Owen Booth's The All True Adventures and Rare Education of the Daredevil Daniel Bones. The jackets were designed by Jamie Keenan (Oates) and Leo Nickolls (Booth).



Levente Szabó illustrated the cover for Phil Earle's When the Sky Falls (Andersen Press), with art direction coming from Jack Noel. Jamie Keenan designed the Atlantic edition of James Davies' Sedated.



Greg Heinimann designed the jacket for Lisa Taddeo's Animal (Bloomsbury), while James Canton's The Oak Papers (Canongate) was art directed by Gill Heeley, with the paper artwork contributed by Diana Beltran Herrera.



Helen Crawford-White designed and illustrated Efua Traore's Children of the Quicksands for Chicken House, while B Catling's Hollow (Coronet) was designed by Pablo Declan and Denise Nestor.



Emma Grey Gelder designed Ava Reid's The Wolf and the Woodsman, with illustration from Russell Cobb, for Del Rey. Tahereh Mafi's An Emotion of Great Delight was designed by Ryan Hammond, and illustrated by Rik Lee and Rodrigo Corral, with art direction from Laura Bird. That title is issued by Electric Monkey.



A Faber pair up next, both designed by Luke Bird. The covers are for Tokyo Redux by David Peace, and The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura.



Helen Crawford-White designed and illustrated Kate Mascharenhas' The Thief on the Winged Horse (Head of Zeus), with art direction from Jessie Price. Jack Smyth designed Vaseem Khan's Midnight at Malabar House (Hodder), with art direction from Lewis Csizmazia.



Another Hodder title, Sandhya Menon's Of Princes and Promises, was designed by Lizzie Bromley, with illustration from Anna Bucciarelli. The designer for How Iceland Changed the World by Egill Bjarnason (Icon) was unconfirmed at this writing.



The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor (John Murray) was another uncredit design at this writing. Jo Mclaren designed and illustrated the cover for Roy Jacobsen's Eyes of the Rigel, for Maclehose.



Becky Chilcott designed Timothy Knapman's Sometimes I am Furious for Macmillan Children's Books, with illustration from Joe Berger and art direction from Chris Inns. Mudlark title Under Pressure, by Richard Humphreys, was illustrated by Neil Gower, with art direction from Claire Ward.



Aviel Basil designed We Made a Movie by Charlotte Lo (Nosy Crow), while Elizabeth Jane Howard's The Light Years was designed by Lucy Scholes, using illustration by Luke Edward Hall. This is part of a series design released by Pan Macmillan, with the spines coming together to create this lovely illustration.



Nathan Burton designed and illustrated Margolit Fox's The Confidence Men (Profile), with art direction from Steve Panton. Anna Morrison designed and illustrated The Union of Synchronised Swimmers by Cristina Sandu (Scribe).



The Stripes cover for Siri Kolu's Me and the Robbersons is an adaptation of the Finnish original, with illustrations by Tuuli Juusela. Push by Sapphire was designed by Etta Voorsanger-Brill, with illustration by Yolande Mutale, for Vintage Classics.



Helen Macdonald's Vesper Flights was designed by Suzanne Dean, with illustration by Chris Wormell, for Vintage. Chibundu Onuzo's Sankofa (Virago) was designed in-house by Sophie Harris, using illustration from Ethan Fender of Courier Design.



Daniel O'Connor's Nothing (W&N) was designed by Jamie Keenan, with art direction from Steve Marking. M G Leonard's Twitch (Walker) was designed by Ben Norland, with illustration from Paddy Donnelly.