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?

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