Judging books by their covers

When I’m not sure what I want to read next the cover really does have to jump out at me. My last random purchase was an edition of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell because it had such a lovely serene cover.

Here are the shortlisted books in the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) 2014 Book Design Awards. The categories are Literary Fiction, Nonfiction and Children’s Illustrated Books.

As you can see, some of the book designers have multiple shortlisted designs. Congratulations to all.


Designer : WH Chong

Literary Fiction : The Double by Maria Takolander

Literary Fiction : A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride


Designer : Sandy Cull

Nonfiction : The End by Bianca Nogrady


Designer : Jenny Grigg

Literary Fiction :  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton


Designer : Alison Colpoys

Literary Fiction :  Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker

Nonfiction :  Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards

Nonfiction :  The Coat Route by Meg Lukens Noonan

Nonfiction :  High Sobriety  by Jill Stark


Designer : Peter Long

Nonfiction :  Girt by David Hunt


Designer : Chris McKimmie

Children’s Illustrated Books : Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon by Chris McKimmie


Designers : Natalie Winter and Antonia Pesenti

Children’s Illustrated Books : Alphabetical Sydney by Antonia Pesenti & Hilary Bell


Designer : Ben Sanders

Children’s Illustrated Books : I’ve an Uncle Ivan by Ben Sanders


Designer : Shaun Tan

Children’s Illustrated Books : Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

 What do you think of these covers? Any that pique your interest?


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