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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.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Cover Design:
Jillian Tamaki

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

Cover Design:
Gregg Kulick

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

Cover Design:
David Pelham
Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth
Deb Olin Unferth

Cover Design: Katherine Guillen
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Haruki Murakami

Cover Design:
John Gall
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Sharp Teeth
Toby Barlow

Cover Design: Christine Van Bree

The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian
The Noodle Maker
Ma Jian

Cover Design: Charlotte Strick

Everyone's Pretty by Lydia Millet
Everyone's Pretty
Lydia Millet

Cover Design:
David Janik
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera

Cover Design: Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Fruit by Brian Francis
Brian Francis

Cover Design:
Tania Craan
The Separation by Christopher Priest
The Separation
Christopher Priest

Cover Design:
Sidonie Beresford-Brown
The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr
The Chess Machine
Robert Lohr

Cover Design: Jonathan Gray/gray318
The Last Jew by Yoram Kaniuk
The Last Jew
Yoram Kaniuk

Cover Design: scribbleandtweak
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
The Monsters of Templeton
Lauren Groff

Cover Design:
Guenet Abraham

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Vol. 1 by Elji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Vol. 1
Elji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki

Cover Design:
Heidi Fainza
The River Wife by Jonis Agee
The River Wife
Jonis Agee

Cover Design:
Lynn Buckley
My Mistress' Sparrow is Dead by Jeffrey Eugenides
My Mistress' Sparrow is Dead
Jeffrey Eugenides

Cover Design:
Robin Bilardello
Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney

Cover Design:
Seth Rubin, Cynthia Krupat
Strawberry Fields by Marina Lewycka
Strawberry Fields
Marina Lewycka

Cover Design: Stephanie Huntwork

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson

Cover Design: Peter Mendelsund

Memorial by Bruce Wagner
Bruce Wagner

Cover Design:
Jennifer Lew

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

Cover Design:
Milan Bozic
The Archivist by Martha Cooley
The Archivist
Martha Cooley

Cover Design:
Amy Goldfarb
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
Tree of Smoke
Denis Johnson

Cover Design:
Susan Mitchell
Arkansas by John Brandon
John Brandon

Cover Design:
Keith Shore
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Michael Chabon

Cover Design:
Will Staehle

Parasites Like Us by Adam Johnson
Parasites Like Us
Adam Johnson

Cover Design:
Paul Buckley
Hypohypothesis by Heather Folsom
Heather Folsom

Cover Design:
A. Shapiro, Nina Krebs
Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk

Cover Design:
Michael Collica
The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan
The Boys in the Trees
Mary Swan

Cover Design:
Victoria Hartman

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