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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 meme is currently being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and the theme this week to feature on any of our covers is a starry sky. I’ve selected The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett – see my review here.


This edition was produced by Berkley in June 2017 and is my favourite. I think the starscape is absolutely beautiful and also suits the mood and content of the story. It also works really well as a thumbnail. If I had a quibble, it would be that I wish the title and author font had been given a bit more love and attention as they are rather boring.


Published in June 2017 by Pan Macmillan, this cover is eye-catching and reasonably attractive, though I don’t like it as much as the previous effort. However I do like the bright orange lettering, which works well against the backdrop. My main misgiving is that the book deals with the aftermath of a lethal virus and this cover looks a bit too cosy for the content.


This Italian edition, published by Leggereditore in June 2017, suffers from the same issue as the previous cover – it almost looks as though it could be a cover for a children’s book. And while this isn’t the gory type of post-apocalyptic story, the themes are only suitable for adults.


This edition, produced by Pan in March 2018 is an interesting example of what a difference an alternative colour scheme can make to the same design. I far prefer this version as I think both the orange lettering and the sky stands out more effectively. I also like the fact the woman is moving, rather than standing still.


This cover was published in November 2017 by Thorndike Press Large Print and is my least favourite. I’ve no quarrel with starscapes – in fact I’m a real sucker for them, but this is a particularly charmless effort with hardly any stars. It looks as though someone has knocked together this cover after browsing Shutterstock for all of ten minutes. Which one of these is your favourite?

27 responses »

  1. I’ve just seen exactly the same book and covers over on the Bibliosanctum – looks like you’ve got the same favourite too – and I have to agree. I like the Italian version but I think you’re spot on – it looks like a children’s book and for some reason I want it to be a polar bear sat on ice.
    I very nearly picked the same book myself this week.
    Lynn 😀

    • Ah… I haven’t visited yet, so I hadn’t realised that we’d picked the same book! I love the idea of the polar bear sitting on the ice:). Glad you went for another choice – 3 of us going for the same book would have shown a lack of imagination.

  2. I honestly don’t care for any of these covers, but I guess I’d go with the first one. It seems to fit the story best (although I haven’t read this, just gathering things from reviews I’ve read). But great choice of book this week, and bonus points for the word “star” in the title😊

    • Yes… I noticed you didn’t enjoy this one, Cap. But I definitely think you’re right about that cover – which is what drew me to the book in the first place:). I am SUCH a sucker for starscapes!

  3. Well, this is a first for me! I’m not really 100% satisfied with ANY of these covers! Lol.

    I would have picked the Berkley cover if it weren’t for the fonts used for the title and author’s name. They are SOOOO BORING! So I concur with you on this. I think they TOTALLY spoil the effect of the beautiful background.

    The first Pan Macmillan cover is UTTERLY ridiculous! It doesn’t fit the theme of this novel at all! I MUCH prefer the second one, although, again, I’m not tally satisfied with it. I think, though, that I will have to grudgingly pick this one as my “favorite”. Lol.

    That Italian cover DOES look like it’s for a children’s book! In fact, it reminds me of the cover of “The Little Prince”! How could the publisher have chosen it????!!!!! GAH!!!

    As for the last cover, it looks VERY eerie, and reminds me of the movie “2001: Space Odyssey”, which left me feeling VERY uncomfortable when it ended.

    So those are my thoughts! Thanks for sharing!! HUGS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • And I think your detailed and thorough response is spot, to be honest. I was disappointed with the font against that glorious sky, too. For me, that star-spangled vista just edged it – but you only have to look at the covers for my own books to know I have a real weakness for starscapes:).

  4. I definitely agree with your thoughts on this one.
    The first one immediately grabbed me – the seeming emptiness filled with text and that clever use of the vertical line to actually indicate the space… And all the other feel like “safe bets” compared to this one.
    I also agree that the last one is the least appealing. I love starscapes too, but this one is simply boring and generic.

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