Among the highlights in March's selection are a sumptuous selection of illustration on dust jackets; a number of titles that pare designs back to striking typographical treatments, not embellished by visuals; a hat-trick of titles from both Pan Macmillan and Oneworld; and a magnificent football-themed feel for a book issued by Jonathan Cape.
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We start with Canongate’s paperback livery for The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray—rather nice it is in hardback, too. Both editions were designed in-house by Peter Adlington. It is joined by Bloomsbury’s cover for All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod, designed by Greg Heinimann and utilising the illustration of Vanessa Bell: artist, Bloomsbury Group member and sibling of Ms Virginia Woolf.
Faber’s The Rise, The Fall & The Rise, by the brilliantly named Brix Smith Start, was created in-house by Luke Bird, using the photography of Kevin Cummins. And Chicken House’s The Elephant Thief, written by Jane Kerr, was designed by Steve Wells, art-directed by Rachel Hickman, and illustrated by Christopher Wormell – he of H is for Hawk fame. We met Wormell last year to discuss his collaboration on a pop-up version of Edgar Allan Poe’s 'The Raven', with book-design maven David Pelham.
Flying Eye’s The Secret of Black Rock was illustrated by its author, Joe Todd-Stanton, under the art direction of Camille Pichon. Fleet’s The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, meanwhile, was designed in-house by Charlotte Stroomer.