COLD BLOOD - Richard Kerridge
'What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue?’
Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature.
For the cover we wanted to celebrate the beauty of nature and these fascinating creatures. We tried many different animals before deciding on our final newt, which was found amongst the Dorling Kindersley collection from Getty Images. The final photograph works its way across the cover and is spot varnished to help give the newt a more tactile feel.
A LITTLE RECYCLING – Yellow Jersey Tour De France Series
Released to coincide with the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour, Yellow Jersey Press are re-issuing five of the greatest cycling books as a unique series.
Illustrated in-house, each title is designed to reflect the livery of the most notable cycling jerseys, and feature a bespoke type design.
All the Birds Singing - Evie Wyld
The paperback cover for Evie Wyld’s hugely impressive second novel could be seen as purely decorative, however the design also alludes to a significant scene in the story.
The cyclical form of the narrative itself is also echoed in the book format, with the jacket flaps opening out to reveal a repeated, overlapping pattern.
Designed and illustrated in house with photography by Sophie Broadbridge, All the Birds, Singing will be published by Vintage in May.
THE KNOWLEDGE - Lewis Dartnell
Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again.
Published today by The Bodley Head, The Knowledge is a book which explains everything you need to know about everything. It is a quickstart guide for rebooting civilisation which will transform your understanding of the world – and help you prepare for when its no longer here…
Shot here in our basement at Vauxhall Bridge Road, we made our very own ‘break glass in case of emergency’ box specifically for the shoot, sourcing tempered glass that would fragment into tiny pieces when smashed and give an authentic look.
Cover photography by John Carey.
THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR - Sandra Newman
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. By the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies.
When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure. It’s a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation’s throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.
Designed in-house, the jacket had to be bold, powerful and optimistic to reflect this novel’s spirited heroine.
Published by Chatto & Windus in June.
THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS - Irvine Welsh
It’s about Sex, obsession, food, murder, obesity, sado-masochism, depravity, revenge and personal fitness.
The cover features photography by Sam Barker and heroic performances by Liu Batchelor and Tat Gray who leapt enthusiastically into character.
Published by Jonathan Cape in May.
THE QUICK - Lauren Owen
A gloriously atmospheric gothic novel.
Illustrated by the fabulous Jim Kay
Printed in duotone, black and pantone silver ink with spot red details.
The Quick will be published by Jonathan Cape in April 2014
THE DEVILS’ ALLIANCE - Roger Moorhouse
For nearly two years the two most infamous dictators in twentieth-century history were in alliance. Their Pact stunned the world when it was announced, the War was launched under its auspices with the invasion and division of Poland, it lasted for nearly a third of the duration of the War, and its eventual collapse led to the defining and deciding clash of the War.
The design was inspired by the bold and simple iconography of Nazi and Soviet WWII propaganda posters.
Published by The Bodley Head in August
DEAR DAUGHTER - Elizabeth Little
When deciding how to package this brilliant debut novel from Elizabeth Little, we embarked on our own very long journey to find Janie Jenkins. A journey which eventually involved a photoshoot by Marcus Lyon and culminated in this eyecatching jacket.
The book is published by Harvill Secker in August 2014.
IVANHOE and WAVERLEY - Walter Scott
Two classic works of fiction given a fresh new look as Vintage Classics. Waverley and Ivanhoe have beautifully illustrated covers featuring commissioned woodcuts by Iain McIntosh.
A QUIET WORD - Tamasin Cave & Andy Rowell
Lobbying is a two-billion pound industry, answering to no-one and operating out of public sight.
This book shows just how effectively the voice of public interest is being drowned out by the word in the ear from the professional persuaders of the lobbying industry. And if you’ve never heard about them, that’s because the most effective lobbying goes unnoticed.
Our design echoes this dichotomy – the noise of the influence industry, driven by it’s silent mechanics. The addition of the comma in the subtitle, furthers the suggestion of two parties working together. One seen, the other unseen.
A Quiet Word is essential reading and will be published in March by The Bodley Head.
Tamasin Cave and Andy Rowell are directors of Spinwatch, a not-for-profit company that investigates corporate PR and lobbying, as well as government spin.
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE Haruki Murakami
This was one of those rare covers where the initial idea seemed so right. The pieces fell into place and it was as if it was just meant to be. Stage one of the cover reveals an elegant abstract design, representing the five main characters and close childhood friends Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. Tsukuru means to make or build, and this is an integral part of the second stage of our cover to be revealed at a later date.
Haruki Murakami’s new novel will be published in the UK this August.
BLACK MOON - Kenneth Calhoun
'…a black moon had risen, a sphere of sleeplessness that pulled at the tides of blood—and invisible explanation for the madness welling inside.'
Kenneth Calhoun's dark, hallucinatory and brilliantly realised debut from Hogarth books imagines a world without sleep. A world driven to the brink of exhaustion. A waking nightmare.
Designed in-house, an owl mask worn by one of the survivors is the inspiration for the final cover, and also helps to represent a world made hallucinatory and delirious with lack of sleep. The eye of the owl also echoes the ‘Black Moon’ of the title.
Black Moon will be published by Hogarth in March.
PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN - Jennifer Clement
Illustrator Martin O’Neill talks about the cover for Prayers for the stolen:
'The idea of the sunburst developed from a collage I had made a few years ago. I made the strips from a range of Mexican / Spanish themed textures and found ephemera. Collecting vintage Spanish packaging, religious prayer cards, old Mexican passports, worn out playing cards, strips of old wallpaper and some South American fabric samples around 200 strips were hand cut then edited and worked into the final wraparound background.
I also created a collage for the inlay papers, working on the premise of
an art therapy collage made by a non artist, something made in a prison
collage workshop. It was interesting to try and undo my compositional
habits and also cut things out badly or roughly to try and get a naive /
art brut feeling to the artwork.’
Prayers for the Stolen will be published by Hogarth in February 2014