Monthly Archives: November 2015

Christmas on Nantucket, Elin Hilderbrand

Only a month to go to Christmas…so keeping on the theme, see my design for Christmas on Nantucket TPB by Elin Hilderbrand.

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The Lovers, Rod Nordland

See below my book cover design for The Lovers by Rod Nordland. The art concept/direction of this cover was to show the lovers walking through a dramatic mountain scene, with beautiful Persian influenced patterns incorporated into the curves of the landscape.

About the book:

A riveting, real-life equivalent of The Kite Runner-an astonishingly powerful and moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

This is the heartrending account of Zakia and Mohammad Ali, a couple from opposing Islamic sects, who defying their society’s norms have left behind everything they know and are quite literally risking their lives for their love.

She is a Sunni, he is a Shia, but as friends from childhood Zakia and Mohammad Ali could never have predicted that their love would anger their families so much that they would be forced to leave their homes finding refuge in the harsh terrain of the Afghani mountains. Without money or passports they rely on the kindness of strangers to house them for a couple of days at a time as they remain on the run, never deterred.

New York Times journalist, Rod Nordland, has chronicled the plight of the young lovers telling their extraordinary story of courage, perseverance and love in one of the world’s most troubled countries. This moving love story is told against the bigger backdrop of the horrific but widespread practices that women are subjected to in Afghanistan.

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The High Places, Fiona McFarlane

Both the design and illustration are done by me. This is a collection of literary short stories by Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest. I wanted to keep a limited colour palette with this graphic and geometric inspired approach.

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When the Floods Came, Clare Morrall

I designed When the Floods Came (hardback, trade paperback and ebook). This is an atmospheric literary book with a hint of a thriller. The beautifully detailed illustration of the foliage engulfing the tower block is by Claire Scully. The finished book will have gold foil amongst the leaves as well as the typography.

About the book:

A gripping and vividly imagined novel set in the late 21st century, when climate change means summers are very hot, spring and autumn brief and winter brings floods and snow. 20 years earlier a deadly virus wiped out most of the UK’s population and all the major cities have been sealed up. The Polanski family – Nikolai and Bess, their 3 daughters and one son – are lucky: not only immune to the virus but, unlike many, still fertile. Most other survivors live in the capital, Brighton, but they have stayed on alone in their tower block outside Birmingham, living off their own produce and the occasional supply drop, staying in contact with others via the net. But just when 22-year-old Roza is preparing for the arrival of the fiancé she has met online, a stranger arrives: charming, friendly, mysterious Aashay. They can’t decide whether to trust him – and in the end it turns out he was even more dangerous than they suspected.

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The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, Antonia Hodgson

I designed The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins (hardback, trade paperback and audio), with commissioned illustration of the horse and carriage by Kuo Kang Chen. Based loosely on actual events, Antonia Hodgson’s new novel is both a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea and a standalone historical mystery. The design keeps in mind that the book is set in 1728, in the Georgian times but still has the energy and vigour of the narrative.

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