Beautiful and unique book covers

07 October 2016

Here at Picador we just can’t resist a beautiful book – the kind you pick up in a bookshop and immediately want to take home and proudly display on your shelf.

Brilliantly original cover designs, typography and finishes can all help to make a book jump out at you, and so we’ve compiled a small selection of some of our favourite covers from the past few months. Prepare yourself for some serious #bookporn

Dear Mr. M, Herman Koch

Featuring an extended dust jacket that wraps all the way around the book to create an envelope effect, and with buttons and string that seem to leap off the cover.

 

Not Working, Lisa Owens

The partial dustjacket can be removed to show off the pop art-style portrait that is printed directly on to the board below.

 

Walls Come Tumbling Down, Daniel Rachel

Like Not Working, this cover is printed straight onto the hardback board, using just three colours for a stark, simple yet eye-catching design. And it’s also well worth picking up for the gorgeous full-colour endpapers within.

 

What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi

The beautiful cover illustration and typography foiling are stunning in their own right, but this edition’s exposed spine helps to make it extra special.

 

Zero K, Don DeLillo

A translucent dustjacket can be removed to reveal the haunting mirrored cover design that lies beneath.

 

Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse, edited by Carol Ann Duffy

Produced specially for bookshops to celebrate the Shore to Shore tour, this collection boasts gold foil, designed endpapers and a bookmark ribbon.

 

The Wonder, Emma Donoghue

The latest novel by the author of Room features one of our favourite recent works of foiling, with the bright gold contrasting beautifully with the darker blue and black.

 

Everyone is Watching, Megan Bradbury

Not one but two fantastic designs! Remove the die cut dustjacket and there’s another work of art on printed straight on to the hardback board below.

 

Island Home, Tim Winton

A stunner both inside and out. As well as the gorgeous foiling on the cover, the book itself features line block printed images by renowned illustrator Chris Wormell. You can find out more about this process here.

 

Interested in cover designs and finishes? Find out more about how our production team make physical books stand out here.

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