Here at the Greystones Press we take covers very seriously. We’ve been lucky enough to get Joe McLaren (http://www.joemclaren.com) to do the artwork on Mary Hoffman’s two new historical novels for YA readers, Shakespeare’s Ghost and The Ravenmaster’s Boy. Both have a paranormal element.
Jess Lloyd-Mostyn worked wonders on the new artwork for the adult version of the novel now renamed David: the Unauthorised Biography. This is the imagined story of the model for Michelangelo’s famous sculpture. Mary had always wanted the “real” David against his first background of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence – but with human eyes. Jess gave us about fourteen different versions!
For most of our book covers we have selected the Albertus font, designed by Bernard Wolpe in the 1930s. Wolpe used it on many book jackets he designed for Faber & Faber, which we admire.
Our fabulous text and cover designer, Nigel Hazle, has used Albertus on The Moon, Seven Miles of Steel Thistles and the Hoffman titles mentioned above.
But it probably reached its apex in The Celian Moment and Other Essays by Charles Williams, which came out in April this year. Indeed this book looks as if it could have been published by Faber in the 1960s, deliberately.
As we plan our releases for next spring, covers are very much on our mind. Here are some favourites from over the years:
Holes by Louis Sachar
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
The Fool by Enid Welsford
The Aerodrome by Rex Warner
Selected Poems of Walter de la Mare
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
Ulysses by James Joyce
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