The Last of Summer Reading

Make the most of the last moments of summer sunshine and best accompanied with a reading of a Summer at Hope Meadows.

 

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Hardback to Paperback Cover Designs

Thought I would do a post on the cover design differences from hardback to paperback editions. Both the hardbacks and paperbacks displayed here, I feel that I am happy with the design outcomes whatever the changes in cover direction maybe.

Sometimes the paperback is simply a straight forward adapt of the original hardback edition. The Wild Air only has a difference in the quote used.

Other times the paperback is more or less the same design as the original edition but with a few amends. Happiness is a State of Mind paperback has been changed with the overall colours brightened, a coloured background added in and the composition has been centralised.

Similarly, When the Floods Came paperback is an amended design. It has a gradual change from dark blue to a brighter blue background colour and with the additional three quotes means also a change in composition.

In other cases the design of the paperback is completely new and fresh. The Harmless Like You paperback has a photographic and more commercial appeal compared with the delicately illustrated hardback approach.

Another example of this is the Beyond Happiness paperback, again with a photographic and more mass market appeal.

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Let Me Tell You A Story Illustrations

Beautiful works in progress illustrations by Kuo Kang Chen – definitely worth commissioning! These will be featured on both the cover design and internal chapter headers for Let Me Tell You a Story by Rob Parsons.

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Gilded Chalet

The Gilded Chalet PB is designed by me and the portraits are drawn by the wonderful illustrator Alan Vest. Learn more about the literary greats such as Byron, Mary Shelley and James Joyce in this book.

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Queen Bees

Queen Bees is available in HB and PB now, both editions look regal with gold foil lettering. Read this book to find out more about the lives of six remarkable women (Lady Astor, Mrs Greville, Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan, Lady Colefax) who made careers out of being British society hostesses between the wars.

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The Mysterious World of Cats

This CATS book is out at the end of August. The beautiful, mysterious and wise cat is illustrated by the amazing and lovely Sandra Dieckmann. I love the final product with shimmering gold foil speckled throughout the background as well as the title.

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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

Our garden is full of lovely fruits: blueberries, goji berries, black berries, apples and plums. This got me thinking of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, which I art directed. The typography and gorgeous paper sculpture is by the talented Melissa Deckert.

The book is by the Swedish poet Tom Malmquist and is a mainly autobiographical account of how he copes when his wife dies of Leukaemia and he is left to raise their daughter on his own. His story is very powerful, moving and beautiful and the cover artwork aims to reflect this content. We wanted to capture an important moment in time when his daughter is standing under a cherry tree and the petals delicately falls away.

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