Hey there good-lookin’: our best covers of the year?

Are these the best Australian book covers you’ve seen in the past year? The Australian Publishers Association seems to think so—each of these books have been shortlisted in the ‘best designed cover of the year’ category for this year’s Book Design Awards.

The titles in the running in this and several other ‘best designed’ categories have been shortlisted from more than 420 entries (you can read the shortlists here), with the winners to be announced during the Sydney Writers’ Festival on 20 May. What do you think? Are there any particular titles you think have missed out?

Among those shortlisted for the best designed YA book is Liar (designed by Bruno Herfst for A&U in Australia). The US cover for the book drew a lot of criticism last year for depicting a white girl when the book’s character Micah describes herself as black. After much criticism the book was released with a new cover design.

And on the subject of covers, what do you think of the new one for Michael Meehan’s Below the Styx (A&U)? When we reviewed the book in the March issue of Bookseller+Publisher, the artwork submitted to run with the review was the cover you can see below left. But, as sometimes happens given our long lead-times and pre-publication reviews, the design has since been changed and Meehan’s book will be launched at Adelaide Writers Week with the cover on the right.  Which do you like better?

7 thoughts on “Hey there good-lookin’: our best covers of the year?

  1. All the covers are great. Seem to evoke the right mood for the topic. I too prefer the cover on the right. Just wanted to mention I love the cover of Alex Miller’s book “Lovesong”. Love the book too. The cover really sets the mood for the book. Alex is such a wonderful writer, and the cover is lovely.

  2. Tom Cho’s book, Look Who’s Morphing has one of the boldest covers I’ve seen in ages. I absolutely loved it and am proud to display it on my shelf.

  3. Agreed Benjamin, Tom Cho’s cover is great–would have loved to see it up for an award. Michelle, it looks like the designer of the ‘Lovesong’ cover, Emily O’Neill, is shortlisted in the ‘young designer of the year’ category.

  4. I like ‘True History of the Hula Hoop’ – clear, has movement, striking. And makes me want to read the book, which I think makes it a clear winner!

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