Another thing I realised when coming back to this poor neglected website-o-mine is that in a wild fit of enthusiasm, I had designed quite a few extra book covers last year, which I never posted.
One of them is this one, for Ring of Bright Water, by Gavin Maxwell.
Ring of Bright Water is a beautiful book written by a man who lived on a secluded island near Skye, with an otter for a companion.
I took this photo when I was on holiday in Skye a few years ago. I did actually see Gavin Maxwell’s island, but unfortunately they’ve build a big bridge from the mainland to Skye, which has a pillar right on his island, so it wouldn’t quite have captured the seclusion. The bottom is slightly blurred because I took it on a bus!
Aha, I haven’t done one of these for a while, have I!? Never fear, my inspired book covers have not dried up entirely! No indeed.
Lady Chatterly’s Lover, by D. H. Lawrence, is a book about a bored aristocratic lady, who has a torrid affair with one of the gamekeepers on her estate.
I had a massive shock when I read it, because I mistakenly believed it to be a cutesy historical novel, à la Jane Austen, when in fact what I was met with, after a couple of token scene setting chapters, was a series of graphic sex scenes, which basically made up the whole of the book. It was extremely shocking when it first came out, because nobody wrote that kind of thing in those days, and it contains lots of naughty four letter words.
This photo is of a man gardening, as viewed from a distance. Kind of as if the reader is Lady Chatterly, watching him from afar. With lustful gaze. Sorry.
This book needs no introduction, obviously.
I took this picture in the library of Trinity College Dublin, and I think it’s the most amazing library I’ve ever seen. I love the way there were giant books at the bottom, tiny books at the top, and the ladders for getting to the higher shelves.
Anyway, it reminded me a bit of the Hogwarts library (although that’s actually filmed in Oxford). The library plays quite an important part in the first Harry Potter book, since it’s where they go to try and find out about Nicholas Flamel, and where they eventually find the answer, which is in one of Hermione’s “light reading” books.
I also like the bust, which definitely hints at “philosophers”, even though there probably wasn’t a bust of Nicholas Flamel in the Hogwart’s library! I can’t actually remember who the bust is of in real life though.
Hello! You may be pleased to hear (or may not be), that I haven’t completely abandoned my new blog, but I do have finals starting in two days, so writing book reviews hasn’t exactly been top priority 🙁
For the time being I’ve got another book cover design – I got really enthusiastic and made a few a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t want everyone to get sick of them if I posted them all in quick succession.
Anyway, this one is for the modern classic Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, which as most probably know, is about a middle aged man who falls in love and fantasises over a teenager (called Lolita).
I chose the childish underwear to emphasise Lolita’s young age, but also show her sexualisation by the author. The black tiles and the printed letters look a bit like a blackboard too, again pointing to her youth.
I know my past few posts have all been cover designs, but I’m planning to do more texty posts after exams finish. This blog is supposed to be about entire books, not just the covers!
The next book cover design I’ve done is for the classic fantasy book Gormenghast.
It’s part of a trilogy following the Royal family of an enormous castle called Gormenghast, which has existed for thousands of years, and is full of strange rites and rituals. It’s an intriguing series, which I’ll probably do a proper review of once I’ve finished the third book (which I’m partway through).
The black bird (which fortuitously landed on my windowsill!) reminded me of the Countess Groan, who has a great affinity for birds, and has flocks of them following her around all the time. The bricks in the background represent the constant presence of the castle walls, which nobody ever leaves, and the dark lower half of the image suits the book’s sinister themes.
My next book cover design is for the children’s classic I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith.
It’s a beautiful book about two sisters living in a crumbling castle.
The photograph really shows what lovely weather we’re having at the moment!
Hope you like it.
On a creative whim, I’ve decided to try my hand at designing book covers.
Here’s my first one, for the modern classic Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (which is fab by the way, you should definitely read it if you haven’t).
I took the photo while I was in London last week.
I wouldn’t call myself particularly arty, but I do enjoy taking creative photographs, and OF COURSE books, so this seemed like quite a good way of combining those things.
Hopefully there’ll be some more to come!