Browsing in Waterstone’s the other day I was both delighted and a little upset when I found these beautiful Jeeves and Wooster covers lurking on the classics shelves:
Gorgeous aren’t they? But why had they been brought out after I had already committed myself to the cartoony covers? My bookshelf is one of the few things I keep in any state or organisation and mismatched series are one of the most irritating things in the world (I’m still smarting that Harper Voyager changed the size of A song of Ice and Fire paperbacks after book four). But these were so stylish I almost considered ditching the Jeeves I had already and starting from scratch.
Thankfully, I didn’t, because it turns out that these are from a set of special edition Wodehouse’s – four Jeeves, four non-Jeeves – aimed at attracting new readers. Here are the others:
So I as up in London today, checking out a museum exhibition on Death at the Welcome Collection (I wasn’t allowed to take photos but a few pics here for anyone interested) and I thought I might pop into the Piccadilly branch of Waterstone’s while I was there. It’s the largest bookshop in Europe. Instead of a coffee shop it has a cocktail bar and restaurant. To be honest, I’m not sure I like it – too much open space and order and display tables it doesn’t feel…booky enough and the bar was way too dimly lit for my rubbish eyes to even attempt to sit down with a drink and read my book. But it did have an independent publishers section and a few display tables focusing almost solely on foreign and translated fiction – so it was a good way to browse for books I probably wouldn’t see at all in other shops.
Anyways, as I was browsing the rather large classics section a few rather striking book covers caught my eye – and obviously the eye of the employee responsible for the classics section because they had put several of them on prominent front-facing display. I’ve got such a big to-read pile and so little money that I didn’t buy any, but when I get round to it I am definitely getting myself this edition of Heart of Darkness:
As promised in my New Years post, Cover Issues is back! And to start off just a slightly silly look at how many different covers of The Hobbit I managed to discover while working in my local branch of Waterstone’s over Christmas.
So I was going to do another Penguin line this month and explain why – despite being the same price as regular Penguins, and despite half that money going to AIDS charities – I simply can’t bring myself to buy any of the Penguin Red line because of the covers. I’m a horrible person, but at least I’m honest with myself…I guess.
Anyway, I decided to scrap that idea when June turned out to be the release date for two books I’ve been looking forward to ever since I heard about them. Not only did the plots look fun, but the covers were gorgeous… at least, the UK covers were gorgeous. Tracking down both books on Goodreads brought up images for the US covers first and, well… I’ll let people make their own minds up:
*In the interest of full disclosure this cover does have an ugly ‘SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER’ quote splashed across the bottom, I just couldn’t find pictures
*Pre-release cover – has since been changed to the UK version
Another new monthly feature!
Book design is one of these things I’m weirdly passionate about. I’m not an artist, I’m not a designer, I have no natural talent for either, but I am a very shallow creature, easily swayed by a good cover and put off by a bad one. It’s so bad that if I see a book I already own has been reissued with a better cover I get twitchy fingers.
So, partly inspired by this wonderful blog, partly because I think my own blog needs a bit more substance than just reviews, but mostly due to my own desire to show off pretty pretty books and bitch about ugly ones, I decided to start up a monthly cover spotlight. Once a month I’ll be featuring a cover – or cover-line – that I either love, hate, or am conflicted about.
First up: Covers I love – the recently reissued Penguin English Library line