The Disappearing Spoon – Cover by Matt Rroeser

Because I’m a sucker for simple and striking covers…


This one by Matt Roeser is my favourite by him.

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Lolita reimagined

Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl explores the difficulty in designing an appropriate cover for this ever-controversial book.

A lot of these covers are refreshing to see – a change from Stanley Kubrick’s movie poster (but then, the film is so different from the book, and makes Humbert a much more straight-forward character).

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd remains one of my favourite Agatha Christie books (along with Crooked House – what a disturbing one…), and HarperCollins re-released it with its original 1926 cover for its 80th anniversary. 



Even on a pale background, it’s pretty disturbing. Being the third Poirot novel, and a relatively early work, Agatha Christie’s name is still much smaller than the title of the work, drawing in the crowds with murder rather than the franchise. (Similarly, an earlier work, Murder on the Links, also follows this pattern; however, by 1927, for The Big Four, her name already above the title, and much more prominent. 

HarperCollins UK’s current other editions of this book show a massive range of designs – one book, targeted at different audiences? 

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Fairy-tale Logic by A. E. STALLINGS

Love this poem.


Fairy-tale Logic


Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat,
Select the prince from a row of identical masks,
Tiptoe up to a dragon where it basks
And snatch its bone; count dust specks, mote by mote,
Or learn the phone directory by rote.
Always it’s impossible what someone asks—

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Garamond: to g or not to g?


Excuse the bad pun, but hopefully this will set the tone for the Crooked World: a modern-day fantasy series full of mystery, adventure and cringe-worthy jokes.

The paperback version of Crooked Step will be coming out in May, which means that it’s time to make some final decisions on typography. This was when Suvir Mirchandani’s study on typeface made the news. I’m going to pretend to be intelligent by linking to the original source, then the CNN article, and lastly the BBC article, but actually, I read it first on (and it’s not Reddit) Imgur – thank you @lalalathisisme. So… Garamond is more eco than Times New Roman and Century Gothic? And more so than Courier, Brush Script, Helvetica, Comic Sans, Cooper Black and Impact (imagine a whole book in Impact…)? Why not use Garamond, a font chosen for Dr. Seuss? It’d be a different matter if the winner was Comic Sans…

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