I’m editing a charity anthology right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about book covers. Over the years some covers have burned into my memory – a sudden artistic dart that doesn’t so much tell the story as nail an essential element, binding words and images together. These are some of my favourite. I would love to hear about the ones you love (or hate). Remember seeing this on the school library shelf and the promise it offered of something very different.
Current editions of Alias Grace have a different cover but I think this one has a striking simplicity. It is a first person account of a 19th century murderer
Not only about the best 30 words in the English language, but some of the best pictures too. Sendak originally thought that there should be horses on the island and he put the manuscript away for about three years when he realised that he couldn’t draw horses. Then he had a light bulb moment – no one could say what a wild thing should look like and he was free the draw them anyway he wanted.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen the original cover of A Clockwork Orange, the one used when it was first published in 1962, but this is the one that’s been used since the early 70s. Compelling and unforgettable.