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The 15 Best Local Book Covers of 2014

What makes a good book cover? Often covers that seem ugly are in fact cleverly designed to attract your eye, and sometimes covers that look beautiful do not stand out on the shelf. It’s a very tricky business. Nonetheless, we’ve chosen the 15 best local book covers from 2014 – “best” in this case simply meaning the covers we liked the most.

Have we left any out? It’s quite possible. Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.

London – Cape Town – JoburgLondon – Cape Town – Joburg by Zukiswa Wanner
Designer: Russell Stark
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EAN: 9780795706301
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Half of One ThingHalf of One Thing by Zirk van den Berg
Designer: Michiel Botha
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EAN: 9780143538622
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Tales of the Metric SystemTales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia
Designer: Joey Hi-Fi
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EAN: 9781415207239
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Antjie KrogAntjie Krog: An Ethics of Body and Otherness edited by Judith Lütge Coullie and Andries Visagie
Designer: Nicolene van Loggerenberg
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EAN: 9781869142537
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A Man of Good HopeA Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg
Designer: Russell Stark
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EAN: 9781868424429
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Broken MonstersBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Designer: Joey Hi-Fi
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EAN: 9781415202005
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The Chicken ThiefThe Chicken Thief by Fiona Leonard
Designer: Russell Stark
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EAN: 9780143538554
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Memoirs of a Born FreeMemoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation by Malaika Wa Azania
Designer: Russell Stark
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EAN: 9781431410224
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The ThreeThe Three by Sarah Lotz
Designer: Ben Summers
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EAN: 9781444770377
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Love Tastes Like StrawberriesLove Tastes Like Strawberries by Rosamund Haden
Designer: Marius Roux
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EAN: 9780795706639
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The Spiral House The Spiral House by Claire Robertson
Designer: Joey Hi-Fi
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EAN: 9781415203842
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To The Black Women We All KnewTo The Black Women We All Knew by Kholofelo Maenetsha
Designers: Artwork by Tammy Griffin, lettering by Jesse Breytenbach
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EAN: 9781920590079
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The Alphabet of BirdsThe Alphabet of Birds by SJ Naudé
Designer: Jacques Kaiser
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EAN: 9781415207130
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The Ties That BindThe Ties That Bind by Praba Moodley
Designer: Russell Stark
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EAN: 9780795706691
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SkoppensboerSkoppensboer by Duane Aslett
Designer: Mike Cruywagen
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EAN: 9780795800863
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Recent comments:

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/helenayp" rel="nofollow">helenep</a>
    helenep
    January 6th, 2015 @15:29 #
     
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    Interesting to note the predominant colours: white, black and hues of red/orange.

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  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    January 6th, 2015 @16:13 #
     
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    And very little blue.

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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/helenayp" rel="nofollow">helenep</a>
    helenep
    January 8th, 2015 @10:41 #
     
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    Imagine publishers started giving credit to the designer on the book homepage ... would be a nice way of encouraging a culture of appreciating artists etc.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    January 8th, 2015 @13:03 #
     
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    Modjaji always gives credit on the imprint page and we have a page of thank yous on our website,

    http://www.modjajibooks.co.za/about/modjaji-matrons-friends-supporters-and-readers/

    we acknowledge SuperStar Book Designers and Cover Artists as well as many others

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