Let's hear it for the book designers. For every Milan Kundera, Jeffrey Eugenides and Aldous Huxley, there is a Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, a Leah Carlson-Stanisic and a Gregg Kulick – all designers of memorable cover art. They give a visual perspective to somebody else's written art, find balance in colour and shape, simplicity and uniqueness. A book must stand out on the bookshop bookshelf yet cover designers rarely receive the recognition that authors do. In appreciation of these unsung artists, here are 30 of my favourite fiction covers – all worth buying for the cover alone.
Brave New World
The Noodle Maker
Cover Design: Charlotte Strick
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