The Man Booker Prize


” Two first time novelists and titles from four independent publishers make up this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist and, encouragingly, in a sign that printed book design continues to up its game, the covers are in rude
health too…”

Design by Suzanne Dean
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
(published by Jonathan Cape/Random House). Despite the presence of new life in the floating seeds, the cover bleeds off towards a foreboding darkness with the ends of the book’s pages blackened, too.

Design by Suet Yee Chong at Ecco
Illustration by Dan Stiles
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt
(published by Granta and Ecco/Harper Collins).

Written by AD Miller
(published by Atlantic Books)
The placing of the title is what makes the hardback cover of Snowdrops that little bit more interesting. The title is Russian slang for a corpse that is buried in the snow (revealing itself as it thaws), so the blood red type seems to suggest a supine position, heightened by the image of the trees as seen from the point of view of a body lying on the ground.

Design by Peter Dyer‘s
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
(published by Serpent’s Tail)
Perhaps the most conservative cover on the shortlist, employs an elegant typeface for the book’s title.


Design by Holly Macdonald
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
(published by Bloomsbury)
has a cover by , who makes good use of negative space to evoke the outline of a young boy and, also, some pigeons.

Design by John Gray atGray318.
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
(published by Canongate).

Reblogged from Creative Review

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