One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover: the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.
OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY: THE LIFE OF BEATRIX POTTER, by Matthew Dennison
Inspired by the twenty-three “tales,” Matthew Dennison takes a selection of quotations from Potter’s stories and uses them to explore her multi-faceted life and character: repressed Victorian daughter; thwarted lover; artistic genius; formidable countrywoman. They chart her transformation from a young girl with a love of animals and fairy tales into a bestselling author and canny businesswoman, so deeply unusual for the Victorian era in which she grew up. Embellished with photographs of Potter’s life and her own illustrations, this biography will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter’s work.
My impression: I love the quaintness of this cover. It is a beautiful ode to Potter’s own illustrations and love of the quiet, breathtaking wilds of the Lake District. But it also highlights something pointed: Potter’s tales bore a simplistic facade underpinned with subjects such as class structure, economics, and environmentalism; much like her charming, picturesque tales, Potter had hidden depths: In addition to being an author and illustrator, she was also a brilliant mycologist and conservationist and an independent woman ahead of her time. This book sounds like a wonderful tribute to a remarkable woman, and the cover echoes her own work and life.
Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated at Flashlight Commentary. These lovely book bloggers also feature eye-catching covers: