Cover design round-up: March 2021

Cover design round-up: March 2021

Onto March, and with any luck, you'll soon be able to find some of the covers in our monthly round-up on the shelves of your local bookshop before too long. A fine treat it will be too, as there are plenty of lively illustrated children's jackets here, as well as a handful of lovely treatments of nature-writing titles, including one cracker from Neil Gower, whose work you may recognise from the Bill Bryson ouevre. There's a real standout for the cover of A J Blakeman's debut novel from Granta too, coming from the mind palace of Jo Walker, who will be a familiar name to readers of these blogs.

We will also be revealing the designers shortlisted for our returning Designer of the Year award at the British Book Awards in March. It only requires a quick glance at the wealth of fabulous entries to see that the book design sector in the UK is in very capable hands indeed; many thanks to all of those who submitted, and best of luck for when the shortlists drop.

Until next month...



Apollo's cover for The Wild Isles, an anthology edited by Patrick Barkham, was designed by Ben Prior, with illustration coming from Angela Harding. Barrington Stoke's The Last Hawk, written by Elizabeth Wein, was designed by Ali Ardington, sometimes known as SomethingtoCrowAbout. Art direction for that livery came from Julie Ann Murray.



David Wardle designed the jacket for My Hair is Pink Under This Veil by Rabina Khan, for Biteback. Fathers, compiled by Shaun Usher for Canongate's Letters of Note series, uses illustration by Jean Jullien, with design and art direction from Rafi Romaya.



Suzanne Dean designed Megan Nolan's Acts of Desperation for Cape, using lettering from Anneka Sandher. Chelsea Green's edition of Robert J Somerville's Barn Club was designed and illustrated by Neil Gower, with art direction coming from Patricia Stone.



Luke Bird created the artwork for Dan Franklin's Heavy (Constable), while under the art direction of Laura Bird, Lisa Horton designed the jacket for This Can Never Not be Real. Sera Milano's book will be published by Electric Monkey.



It's a pair from Faber up next; a Faber and Faber, if you will. Jamie Keenan and Pete Adlington are responsible for the designs, for Sam Byers' Come Join our Disease and Matthew Williams' The Science of Hate, respectively.



Jo Walker created Granta's excellent cover for The Manningtree Witches by A J Blakemore; Jack Smyth designed Midnight at Malabar House for Hodder. The latter is written by Vaseem Khan.



A John Murray duo are next, both of which are designed by Sara Marafini. Naomi Edmondson contributed the lettering for Alastair Campbell's Living Better; the other Marafini work is for Susan Beale's Misplaced Persons.



Husband-and-wife duo James and Naomi Jones' The Perfect Fit (OUP) was designed by James Jones himself, a book designer and Bookseller Rising Stars alumni. The art direction came from Lizzie Robertson, and the commissioning editor was Peter Marley. Emma Stonex's The Lamplighters (Picador) was designed by Katie Tooke, with illustration coming from Max Ellis.



Katie Kirby illustrated her own title The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks (Puffin), with design coming from Ben Hughes, and art direction from Jacqui McDonough. Quadrille's cover for Theo Randall's The Italian Deli Cookbook was designed and art directed by Katherine Keeble.



Nico Taylor designed Eric R Kondel's The Disordered Mind for Robinson, while Fire Keeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley was designed by Richard Deas and Kathleen Breitenfeld. The illustration on the latter comes from Moses Lunham, with art direction from Ben Summers on the jacket.



Scribe's edition of Beowulf, a new translation by Maria Dahvana Headley, was designed by Keith Hayes, while Yeti Lambregts created the artwork for Naomi Ishiguro's Common Ground, to be issued by Tinder Press.



Another nod for David Wardle, who created the jacket for Robert Goddard's The FIne Art of Invisible Detection for Transworld. Nathan Burton, meanwhile, designed the striking jacket for Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom, with art direction coming from Richard Bravery for imprint Viking.



A pair of Vintage titles next—with another to follow, too. Kishan Rajani designed Alan Isler's The Prince of West End Avenue, while Etta Voorsanger-Brill designed Roddy Doyle's Two Pints, using illustration from Laurie Avon.



The third Vintage title was also designed by Kishan Rajani; it's fronting Evie Wyld's The Bass Rock. Over at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, there's another nod for Luke Bird, who created the jacket for Tom and David Chivers' How to Read Numbers, with art direction from Steve Marking.



Our final pair come from Walker Books and Yale University Press, respectively. Chris Haughton illustrated the cover of his book Maybe..., with design work from Deirdre McDermott, and art direction Ben Norland. Alex Kirby art-directed the cover for Lucy Newlyn's The Craft of Poetry; it was designed by Mecob studio, and illustration on that number is from Becca Thorne.