ROUND THE CHRISTMAS FIRE
Featuring festive stories from Nancy Mitford, P.G. Wodehouse, Stella Gibbons, Charles Dickens and many more.
This special edition hardback features a lovingly created illustration which attempts to bring a bit of Christmas nostalgia to the cover.
We worked again with Emily Sutton who also created the beautiful chapter headings throughout the book, a small selection of which can be seen above.
VIPER WINE - Hermione Eyre
This is an historical novel with a twist. Its protagonists are two real historical figures, Sir Kenelm Digby and his wife Venetia. She was widely regarded as the most beautiful woman of her age, and the plot concerns her paranoia that she is losing her looks. Among the remedies she tries is a potent new tonic, Viper Wine.
There are startling and funny anachronisms throughout the text and a brilliant disregard for the conventions of the genre. The jacket design mirrors this with a pop art twist on a Van Dyk painting of Lady Digby (courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery).
Published by Jonathan Cape in March 2014
YOKO OGAWA - New Vintage Paperbacks
Beautiful, twisted and brilliant - discover Yoko Ogawa.
Featuring photography from Sophie Broadbridge, the aim of the series design was to focus on the minutiae within the lives of Ogawa’s characters, and amplify that detail to almost grotesque levels, so that the sweet becomes sickly and the perfume becomes cloying.
FLAMETHROWERS - Rachel Kushner
The cover design needed to appeal to a paperback audience, to give a suggestion of the novel without being too narrative and allow plenty of room for the amazing quotes. The design uses the photography of Ernst Haas (represented by Getty Images). Haas was an innovative master of colour photography and form. He set out as a photojournalist to take pictures of the real world but infused each image with reflections, motion and other abstract elements. He created strikingly coloured graphic images.
The photographs of the torn posters of New York are from 1970. They have an urban energy and are suggestive of protest. The torn panels of the poster allowed us to show fragments of the woman from the back cover of the UK hardback edition, New York and the motorcyclist (back cover).
Paperback publication date : 02/01/2014
KURT VONNEGUT REISSUES
The playful interaction between type and image of the previous covers in this series presented a challenge when designing these latest reissues, but allowed an opportunity to have a lot of fun with props and paper-cutting.
Available to buy now from Vintage Classics
KAMA SUTRA DOT-TO-DOT
Today we reveal all, showing off our Tantric Tortoise in all its glory!
Here’s how we like to do it - it’s not hard, it’s just a matter of grabbing your pencil and getting stuck in! But remember, it’s not about the size of your pencil, its what you do with it… and how long it takes.
You’ll probably need to use a rubber, you may have to give your wrists a rest… but keep it up and you’ll finish with a smile on your face!
KAMA SUTRA DOT-TO-DOT
Dot-to-dot just got hot! Very excited about this new version of an old classic, published by Square Peg. Here’s your chance to try out a few positions for yourself… just download and use as your screen saver!
BOXER HANDSOME - Anna Whitwham
Some hand-printed, letterpress title variations, for an upcoming debut novel set against a backdrop of East-End boxing clubs. The handsome results of a recent trip to New North Press.
THE SPORTS GENE - David Epstein
Some of us hit the target… some of us miss.
Not just a book for sports enthusiasts, David Epstein’s brilliant study gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and forces us to rethink the very idea of success.
This was the challenge for the cover artwork: to imagine how concepts of achievement and failure through Sport can relate to us all.
AFTERWORDS: THE AWARDS ISSUE - Varoom
Overall Prize Winners for the AOI Illustration awards were announced at Somerset House on Tuesday 8th October. Joint New Talent Winners were Jun Cen for his self-published graphic novel and Mitch Miller for his drawing, that showed the everyday life of one of the 50-odd traveling showman’s yards spread across Glasgow’s east end and south side. The Professional winner was Jonathan Burton for his deck of playing cards.
STONER - Limited Edition Hardback
'It's the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature'
Ian McEwan, BBC Radio 4
Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer – in 2013 translations began appearing on bestseller lists across Europe. Forty-eight years after its first, quiet publication in the US, Stoner is finally finding the wide and devoted readership it deserves.
Next month, Vintage Classics will publish a special clothbound edition exclusively for Waterstones, with a design that incorporates woodblock printing and vintage american type.