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Frances Castle Cover Illustration for Infinite Sky

Frances Castle's beautiful cover illustration and title lettering for C.J. Flood's debut novel, Infinite Sky, is published by Simon & Schuster in February. This is a coming-of-age story about the summer that changed one girl's life as she falls in love for the very first time.
Infinite Sky is a beautifully designed hardback book, with a linen effect finish, decorated endpapers, a map and the swallow and dragonfly motifs dotted throughout the book. It's great to see the attention to detail, you'd really want it on your book shelf. Frances Castle is represented by Arena
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Oscar Wilson and Canongate Books Win Best Jacket Design Award

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We are proud to announce that Oscar Wilson’s illustration for Canongate Books Gil Scott Heron Memoir: ‘The Last Holiday’ won the Best Jacket Design category at last night’s British Book Awards.

The judges commented on the work: “This arresting design evokes 60s counter-culture art in a contemporary and well-realised concept, with front/rear covers and spine working together to create a powerful and effective image.”

Oscar worked closely with Art Director Rafi Romaya to deliver this winning piece of work. As a massive fan of soul / funk / jazz music; Oscar was delighted to be involved with the project, and very proud that his first ever typographic portrait was of such a great as Gil Scott Heron.

Rafi explains the project and why she commissioned Oscar: “The plan was to create a bespoke and personalised jacket befitting for Gil’s memoir, The Last Holiday. Taking inspiration from Gil's landmark collection 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', we wanted to create an image as iconic as photographer Chuck Stewart's album cover shot whilst also representing Gil's poetic lyricism and artful use of language throughout his music, poetry and books.

Having seen Oscar Wilson's 'street-art style' visual work, which we felt might complement Gil's poetry, we approached him to attempt a typographic portrait using a mixture of Gil's album titles, song titles and most iconic phrases.

It was a gift of a book to work on and I hope we have a created a jacket Gil himself would have liked, had he seen it, and that winning Best Jacket Design Award at the British Book Awards 2012 would have made him smile!”

We definitely think Gil is smiling at the news, as are we. Well done to Oscar, Rafi and all at Canongate Books.

Oscar Wilson is represented by Debut Art

“From Notting Hill to New York Actually”

Lucy Truman has created this stunning cover art for ‘From Notting Hill To New York Actually’, the third title by best selling author Ali McNamara. Lucy’s trademark glitz and glamour perfectly sets the tone for this romantic adventure in New York.

Lucy Truman is represented by New Division

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SF Masterworks: Doomsday Book Illustrated by Christopher Gibbs

Christopher Gibbs created this powerful cover for Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, winner of the Hugo & Nebula Awards. Published this month by Gollancz, Doomsday Book is a tale of plague and time travel written by the SFWA Grand Master of Science Fiction. This is the thirteenth title Christopher has illustrated for the classic science fiction series SF Masterworks.
Christopher Gibbs is represented by Arena

Hesiod

Mixing pattern and texture with form and perspective,Daniel Mackie creates this energetic book cover. Commissioned by Canadian publisher Talon books, Daniel uses his brushes to noticeable effect, illustrating a challenging title; an adaptation of Hesiod’s "two great works, Theogony and Works and Days, taking into account the poet’s essential meditative insights that paved the way for the subsequent achievements of Greek philosophy".

Daniel Mackie is represented by Illustration

Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got your Number Book Jacket

Here is Lucy Truman’s latest cover artwork for Sophie Kinsella’s hugely popular Shopaholic series.  Lucy Truman is one of the UK’s most prolific artists for popular women’s fiction and is currently illustrating Sophie Kinsella’s entire back catalogue.

Lucy Truman is represented by New Division

The Sweetness of Forgetting

Quercus Books recently commissioned Lucy Davey to do this lovely cover for one of their titles The Sweetness of Forgetting and liked it so much that they have just asked her to illustrate the back cover too!
We agree that it's a stunning illustration, typical of Lucy's fresh and evocative style and use of colour.

Lucy Davey is represented by the Artworks

Kristyna Litten: Mr McCool Published

It's not often that you get a brief which asks you to design a bear equivalent of Ray Winstone with the swagger of a chain-smoking cockney for 7 to 9 year olds! Kristyna Litten rose to the challenge and came up with this brilliant wrap-a-round cover for Mr McCool, published by Egmont this month.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

Kate Forrester Barnes & Noble children’s classics

Kate Forrester has illustrated a beautiful set of covers for Barnes and Noble in the States. This is the first in a series of 6 special leather bound children’s classics to be released this year. The series includes Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in the Willows and Grimms Fairy Tales. All are printed directly onto leather with embossed foil finishes, pretty end papers and silver edged pages.

Kate Forrester is represented by the Artworks

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