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.


Dear Mr. M

Dear Mr. M

Dear Mr. M,

I'd like to start by telling you that I'm doing better now. I do so because you probably have no idea that I was ever doing worse. Much worse, in fact, but I'll get to that later on.

Dear Mr. M
 is an unsettling and irresistibly readable novel, set in the world of writing and bookselling, by Herman Koch, the author of the international bestseller, The Dinner.

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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.

Not Working

Not Working

Sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.

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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.

Walls Come Tumbling Down

Walls Come Tumbling Down

Composed of interviews with over 150 of the key players at the time, Walls Come Tumbling Down is a fascinating, polyphonic and authoritative account of those crucial sixteen years in Britain's history, the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the political persuasion of musicians was as important as the songs they sang'. 

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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.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

A remarkable collection of short stories from one of our most gifted writers, Helen Oyeyemi.

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Zero K, Don DeLillo

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

Zero K

Zero K

The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time-an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.

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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.

Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf

Off the Shelf is a beautiful anthology of specially commissioned poems written in celebration of books and bookshops, edited by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy

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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.

The Wonder

The Wonder

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

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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.

Everyone is Watching

Everyone is Watching

Everyone is Watching is a novel about the men and women who have defined New York. Through the lives and perspectives of these great creators, artists and thinkers, and through other iconic works of art that capture its essence, New York itself solidifies. Complex, rich, sordid, tantalizing, it is constantly changing and evolving. Both intimate and epic in its sweep, Everyone is Watching is a love letter to New York and its people - past, present and future.

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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.

Island Home

Island Home

'I grew up on the world's largest island.'

From his childhood, Tim Winton's relationship with the landscape around him - Australia's swamps and bush, rockpools, seacaves and scrub - has been as vital as any other connection. Whether camping in hidden inlets, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, or diving at Ningaloo Reef, Winton has felt the place seep into him - its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance

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

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