My CoDex 1962 book cover, illustrated by Owen Gent, was featured in The Casual Optimist as part of Book Covers of Note September 2018. Not actually published in September but was mentioned as the American cover was picked out too.
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At Stanfords bookshop, we are globe trotting my book cover designs.
In Iceland, there are copies of Moonstone by Sjón. This is illustrated by the wonderfully talented Owen Gent.
Moonstone is also proudly part of The Best of European Literature display.
In Switzerland, there are multiple copies of The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney displayed facing out in all its glory. The portraits of Byron, Mary Shelley and James Joyce are illustrated by the speedy and super talented Alan Vest. Alan also illustrates author portraits regularly for The Guardian, so it was great to have him on board with this project.
In Russia, two of the Irina Ratushinskaya fiction collection is spotted: Grey is the Colour of Hope and In the Beginning.
And among the Middle East and Central Asia section, The Lovers by Rod Nordland paperback edition sits beautifully.
My various book cover designs are out and about on patterned bookshop shelves. I spotted my Moonstone HB cover at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road in prime position.
Moonstone was also displayed at Daunt Books by the entrance book shelves.
It was in good company with my Harmless Like You HB cover not too far away.
And this beauty of a cover, When the Floods Came PB edition was out on the table display.
See below my book cover design for Moonstone by Sjón. The art direction was to create an atmospheric, powerful and literary cover image. Aiming for a more allusive/abstract look rather than to be overly detailed. I commissioned Owen Gent to illustrate an Icelandic mountain landscape with a silhouetted figure looking out into the distance. The illustration has great use of muted colours that is suggestive of a dream like state of mind. Therefore, this links with the idea of the main character’s imagination interweaving with reality.