Today, in the second part of my series on my favourite book covers of all time, we view 10-6 on the list. Yesterday I shared 15-11 on my list. Come back tomorrow at 17:00 GMT for the third and final part to discover my all time favourite cover…
The following list does not reflect or establish my views on the contents on the book, nor indeed guarantee that I have read it. The image captions state the publisher and where I got the image from. In reverse order, my favourite covers are:
Even if it did remind me of The Matrix’s ‘There is no spoon’ (which was more than likely the point and a double entendre), this is a fantastic cover. Anyone who hasn’t whiled away hours trying to make words out of elements hasn’t truly lived, and this brilliant cover celebrates that-and is simultaneously catchy and cool.
Obviously one of the most famous books of all time is deserving of a fantastic cover. And it has been given it here by Harper Collins, the blood red broken only by the gold writing of the author and title, and the drawing of the three rings, the One Ring, and the Eye of Sauron-none of these things are known to someone who hasn’t read it, but it is still hugely striking, and a brilliant cover.
Out of an American classic book comes an American classic cover. The image of a crying woman’s “Celestial Eyes” reflected in a window in front of the bright lights of the USA. A perfect embodiment of the book, but even more so a beautiful cover standing on its own, at once moving and tragic.
Where would we be without Dr Seuss? For one there would be no Cat in the Hat. Seuss’ best known work loved by thousands of children. The stripes down the side match the hat very well, and the writing isn’t too in-your-face, but matches the cat. The character shown here of The Cat in the Hat (who would’ve guessed?) is so childlike but at the same time so lovable, and brings back feelings of simple joy and happiness.
Another of William Le Queux’s invasion novels, I love this due to the combination of old and new. The old guard of the redcoat uniform (Boer War-esque) complete with bayonet and rifle is meeting the new guard of warships. The symbolism of the British resistance in the face of the agressor is not lost, nor the fact that the sun is setting on the British Empire in the novel. The only colours-the red of the uniform and the sun contrast beautifully with the black warships.
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