Sep 15, 2014

A BUZZ IN THE MEADOW - Dave Goulson

Another call to arms for nature lovers everywhere, Dave Goulson’s follow up to A Sting in the Tale tells the story of not only bumblebees, but other creatures too. From learning about the importance of houseflies and why butterflies have spots on their wings, to dragonfly sex, bedbugs and wasps.

For the cover we commissioned twelve new paintings by the wonderful Louise Bird whose work on A Sting in the Tale effortlessly portrayed Dave Goulson’s account of a lifetime studying bumblebees. 

A Buzz in the Meadow is out now from Jonathan Cape.

Sep 5, 2014

THE ROOM - Jonas Karlsson

The Room is a short, sharp and fiendish fable in the tradition of Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett. It is a quirky and unsettling tale about a compulsive bureaucrat, an open plan office and a secret room that only he can can see, apparently…

If you have ever toiled in an office, felt like the world was against you or questioned the nature of reality then this is the novel for you.

We loved the concept of the US cover (bottom left), designed by Christopher Brand with photography by George Baier. However for our edition we wanted to further explore the novel’s theme of reality versus imagination. We asked illustrator Harry Malt to create a stark and intriguing scene around the figure, with Bjorn’s vision of ‘the room’ mirrored on the back of the jacket. The text is also wonderfully illustrated throughout.

Published by Chatto & Windus in January.

Sep 4, 2014

SAPIENS - Yuval Noah Harari

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens.

This gripping and compelling read covers the whole history of humanity in ways you wouldnt have thought. It challenges everything we thought we knew about being human, our thoughts, our actions, our power and our future.

The thumb print on the cover is a simple yet potent symbol of mankind and also stongly denotes each persons individuality. The thumb print also reminds us of the earliest marks of man that have come down to us, handprints on the walls of caves left by hunter-gathereers.

Sapiens is published by Harvill Secker on 3rd September

Sep 2, 2014

THE STRANGE LIBRARY - Haruki Murakami

'All I did was go to the library to borrow some books'.
 
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami will be published in hardback by Harvill Secker with specially designed text and illustrations throughout on 2nd December 2014.
 
Last Saturday hundreds of fans queued overnight to attend a public signing by Murakami at Waterstones Piccadilly. They were given an early teaser for The Strange Library that had been designed in the form of an old-fashioned library card. It very subtly featured the publication date and #strangelibrary.
 
This uniquely dark tale is suggested on the cover through its disturbing colour combinations; the violent magenta background, the fading office blue of the library pocket and the acid yellow label. More details on the fully illustrated spreads will follow at a later date.
 

Sep 1, 2014


MURAKAMI POSTER COMPETITION - Winners
A huge thank you to everyone who entered our competition celebrating the arrival of Haruki Murakami.
Drawn randomly from over 1000 entries, below is a list our our lucky winners and we’ll be in touch shortly to discuss delivery of your prize!
http://theplaintshirt.tumblr.com/
http://jasondesigns.tumblr.com/
http://sophiesummermee.tumblr.com/
http://vaneisl.tumblr.com/
http://princesskittykins.tumblr.com/
http://adrateia.tumblr.com/
http://emirowe.tumblr.com/
http://bookgrazer.tumblr.com/
http://lovelyhorse.tumblr.com/
http://tomblogr.tumblr.com/

MURAKAMI POSTER COMPETITION - Winners

A huge thank you to everyone who entered our competition celebrating the arrival of Haruki Murakami.

Drawn randomly from over 1000 entries, below is a list our our lucky winners and we’ll be in touch shortly to discuss delivery of your prize!

http://theplaintshirt.tumblr.com/

http://jasondesigns.tumblr.com/

http://sophiesummermee.tumblr.com/

http://vaneisl.tumblr.com/

http://princesskittykins.tumblr.com/

http://adrateia.tumblr.com/

http://emirowe.tumblr.com/

http://bookgrazer.tumblr.com/

http://lovelyhorse.tumblr.com/

http://tomblogr.tumblr.com/

Sep 1, 2014

THE FOUR BOOKS - Yan Lianke

This is a courageous book from one of China’s most important writers.

Set in Zone 99 of a Labour Camp during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, the book follows a group of imprisoned intellectuals undergoing re-education. Monitoring this opressive regime is a preadolescent boy known as the Child.

Faced with harvesting impossible quotas of wheat, and encouraged to inform on the obedience of others, the inmates are rewarded with paper rosettes in the form of small red blossoms, medium red blossoms and pentagonal stars.

The design centres around the motif of four. This could suggest the four inmates – musician, author, scholar and theologian – or how the book divides into four narratives, echoing the four texts of Confucianism and the four Gospels of the New Testament. It also references the seemingly innocent and playful paper blossoms and how they conceal a darker and more disturbing story.

The Four Books is published by Chatto and Windus in March 2015.

Aug 28, 2014

THE CHILDREN ACT - Ian McEwan

The cover for this book features a detail from Magnum photographer Gilles Peress. The young man/boy in the photograph is leaping over a puddle. He is slightly blured, in motion, his arms up at an angle to help him over the puddle. One foot, is the only point of contact with his reflection. In the full photograph he is in front of flats, to work with the content of the book the figure needed to be isolated, becoming an iconic image when small. It seems to work so well on so many levels. With reference to the text, it reminds you both of the Siamese Twins and of Adam. And it of course works so well with the title.

Published by Jonathan Cape on 2nd September

Aug 28, 2014

MURAKAMI POSTER COMPETITION

To celebrate the arrival of Haruki Murakami for Saturday’s London signing at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, we’re giving away ten beautiful posters for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

To be in with a chance just Reblog this post and we’ll pick 10 lucky winners out of the hat.

The competition closes on Monday 1st September.

Aug 26, 2014

DITCHLING MUSEUM OF ART + CRAFT

We recently visited the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, which holds an internationally important collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village. Sculptor, wood engraver, type-designer and letter-cutter Eric Gill, the calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the famous Johnston typeface used for London Underground), the painter David Jones, the printer Hilary Pepler and the weaver Ethel Mairet, were all key members of the community in Ditchling. Their influential and inspirational work is beautifully displayed in this award winning museum, recently refurbished by architect Adam Richards, with a new identity designed by Phil Baines.

Aug 22, 2014
ACTS OF THE ASSASSINS - Richard Beard
A charismatic cult leader is dead. One by one his followers are being assassinated. And in ever more macabre ways: sawn in half, beheaded, skinned alive.

Acts of the Assassins is a genre-bending, historical novel where biblical events happen in the present tense. The challenge for the jacket was to allude to the biblical setting but still tackle it as a modern, literary thriller. The answer came from looking at depictions of the 12 apostles, often presented side by side with their graphic halos, and likening them to human targets, with a hint of the grizzly fates that await them.
Published next year by Harvill Secker

ACTS OF THE ASSASSINS - Richard Beard

A charismatic cult leader is dead. One by one his followers are being assassinated. And in ever more macabre ways: sawn in half, beheaded, skinned alive.

Acts of the Assassins is a genre-bending, historical novel where biblical events happen in the present tense. The challenge for the jacket was to allude to the biblical setting but still tackle it as a modern, literary thriller. The answer came from looking at depictions of the 12 apostles, often presented side by side with their graphic halos, and likening them to human targets, with a hint of the grizzly fates that await them.

Published next year by Harvill Secker

Aug 15, 2014

WATERLOG - Roger Deakin

In 1996 Roger Deakin, the late, great nature writer, set out to swim through the British Isles. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain.

For the cover we wanted to portray the native swimmer‘s right to roam. Water ripples were painted and cut out of various papers and plastics to create a image that flows across the cover. These were then layered on top of each other, and the idea of starting from the ‘o’ of the title made perfect sense. The swimmer was added as a finishing touch, and you can see an earlier version of the cover above.

Waterlog is out now from Vintage Classics.

Aug 6, 2014

HARUKI MURAKAMI - Sticker Competition

Harvill Secker first editions of Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami include a special sheet of stickers designed by five Japanese illustrators. Tsukuru means ‘to make’ or ‘to build’, and we’re challenging you to use the stickers to create your own personalised cover and enter our competition to win a limited edition screen print of the original front cover signed by Haruki Murakami.

To enter, email a photograph of your sticker design as a 300dpi jpeg to vintagebooks@randomhouse.co.uk by 31st August. All the entries will be added to our special album ‘Sticker Competition’ on the Murakami Facebook Page where you can also vote for your favourites. The book cover with the most ‘likes’ on 31st August will be crowned the winner. A selection of the best entries as voted for by you will also be exhibited at Waterstones Piccadilly in London on 30th August at Haruki Murakami’s public signing.

For some inspiration to get you started, we’ve had a go ourselves and animated the process above. Entries open on 12th August when the Harvill Secker edition is available to buy.

Jul 31, 2014

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MURAKAMI IS COMING

Jul 29, 2014

SHAKESPEARE FOR GROWN-UPS - E. Foley and B. Coates

With lively in-depth chapters on all his key works, Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the only guide to the Scribe you’ll ever need. Covering everything from the historical context of his writing and personal life to his most famous speeches, quotations, phrases and words that have entered general usage today.

We wanted to give the cover a bold, graphic approach, with a recognisable image and a modern twist. The endpapers incorporate some of the Shakespearian phrases we still use today.

And ‘as luck would have it’ you can download the endpapers to print out and use as a poster.

Published by Square Peg on the 4th September

Jul 22, 2014
THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES - Elizabeth McCracken
From the author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House comes a beautiful new story collection.
In Elizabeth McCracken's universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy - an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent - that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive. 
The author herself asked if we would consider a photograph by Francesca Woodman for her jacket and we were delighted with the idea, and even more delighted when the photographer’s estate kindly granted us permission.
Thunderstruck & Other Stories is published by Jonathan Cape.

THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES - Elizabeth McCracken

From the author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House comes a beautiful new story collection.

In Elizabeth McCracken's universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy - an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent - that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive.

The author herself asked if we would consider a photograph by Francesca Woodman for her jacket and we were delighted with the idea, and even more delighted when the photographer’s estate kindly granted us permission.

Thunderstruck & Other Stories is published by Jonathan Cape.

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