Friday Faceoff – Oranges and lemons…

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This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This week’s theme is fruit, so I have selected Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne.

 

 

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This is the cover produced by Pan Macmillan in August 2012. The apple sitting on top of the old manuscripts is both spot on in terms of relating back to the content and providing an intriguing cover. The italic styling on the title font also works well against the weathered wooden backdrop. There is a lot going on in this apparently simple cover which nevertheless conveys a sense of the historical content of this book. This is my favourite.

 

 

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This Dutch cover, published by Van Holkema & Warendorf, in October 2012 is also beautiful. The gold-etched detailing against the bright orange is beautiful and eye-catching. It certainly is an unusual design here and would have me reaching to examine it more closely – I don’t know if Dutch covers habitually use a single, bright colour in such a manner, but it is certainly effective.

 

 

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This Italian cover, produced in March 2013 is completely different to the others and refers more to the modern strand of the story, rather than the timeslip element. I’m not sure it works all that well. The story is set in York and the landscape with the wide starry sky and blurred lighted buildings as a backdrop doesn’t convey the city to me.

 

 

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However, this French cover is a far stronger offering. Again, apparently simple – the apple hidden behind the girl’s back gives a sense of secrecy and unease. It’s clever and arresting – my only grizzle is the uninspiring font with the jarring dark pink that looks as if its been just plonked there, which lets the cover down.
Which is your favourite?

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23 responses »

  1. I’m with you on those first two covers! That French cover had me thinking more of a romance, what with the girl hands all delicate with an apple of temptation. Plus you’re right about that font–that made me think romance, too. The first two covers are beautiful, especially that Dutch cover! There’s something about the delicacy of the gold etching that gets me: the painstaking time it takes to create like that. Such a beautiful image holds promise within. 🙂

  2. I *love* the first two. The French version is interesting too, though feels a bit too similar to “all those covers out there” while the two first ones, even though not entirely unique, seem to have a lot more originality.

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