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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So I should really start promoting my book…

Yeah… After  a week of avoidance, I should really mention that there’s a book, and it’s mine, and it’s coming out, and the cover looks like:


Some amazing elements on this cover include:

  • some steps, because see title
  • a suitcase, because see subtitle
  • a green heart, because I lurk too much on Imgur, and it crept in subconsciously

And this work of YA is about… Actually, it’s really embarrassing talking about it, because, I guess, I put a lot of heart into this story. It’s been ten years and three scrapped manuscripts since [we built this city on rock n’ roll]. I want to tell this story, but at the same time, it feels like exposing yourself in public.

To stop myself rambling on in embarrassment, here’s the rest in mock-interview format (no one is actually asking any questions).

What is it about?

Does what it says on the tin, or in this case, cover. Sylvia, once a normal girl, receives a zombie in a suitcase. As she can’t just chuck it in the bin (zombies don’t qualify for Hackney Council’s bulky waste collection), she must find out who and why with the help of her classmates. And one small crooked step on this road of discovery will force you to fight demons with nothing but a stapler.*  Continue reading

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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