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17 of the Best South African Book Covers from 2015

17 of the Best South African Book Covers from 2015

 
South African readers were spoilt with a fantastic variety of book covers this year. We’ve collected together our favourites of the English publications (Afrikaans list to come soon). Feast your eyes!

Which is your favourite cover from 2015? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

101 Detectives

101 Detectives by Ivan Vladislavic
Cover design: Gretchen van der Byl
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Green Lion

Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes
Cover design: publicide
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Anna Peters' Year of Cooking Dangerously

Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously by Kathryn White
Cover design: Kate Butcher
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The Paper House

The Paper House by Dalena Theron
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Sibanda and the Death’s Head Moth

Sibanda and the Death’s Head Moth by CM Elliott
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Dagga: A Short History

Dagga: A Short History by Hazel Crampton
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A Slim, Green Silence

A Slim, Green Silence by Beverly Rycroft
Cover design: Gretchen van der Byl
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Little Suns

Little Suns by Zakes Mda
Cover design: Gretchen van der Byl
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Stray

Stray: An Anthology of Animal Stories and Poems edited by Diane Awerbuck and Helen Moffett
Cover design: Joey Hi-Fi
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Sweet Medicine

Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi
Cover design: Simphiwe Twala
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Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew
Cover design: Allison Saltzman
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Be A Hero

Be A Hero: Lessons For Living A Heroic Life by Alan Knott-Craig and Craig Rivett
Cover illustration: Mia du Plessis
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What About Meera

What About Meera by ZP Dala
Cover design: publicide
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Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita edited by Nerine Dorman
Cover design: Nick Mulgrew
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To Quote Myself

To Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga
Cover design: K4
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Showdown at the Red Lion

Showdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859–1910 by Charles van Onselen
Cover design: Michiel Botha
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Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    December 15th, 2015 @23:41 #
     
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    Gorgeous. STRAY gets my vote (I'm biased), followed by A Slim Green Silence, which gets points for the interplay between book and cover. Other beaut covers this year: The Seed Thief (delicate, subtle, tea-stained); and for poetry collections, I really liked A Saving Bannister and Homegrown (both Modjaji). And then the covers for Flame In The Snow/ Vlam in die Sneeu (correspondence between Ingrid Jonker and Andre Brink), with their especially commissioned artwork, look stunning.

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  • Maire
    Maire
    December 16th, 2015 @11:19 #
     
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    Such a fine crop to enjoy! It's great to see the cover designers being lauded. I also loved the covers of Glowfly Dance and Tribe.

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  • <a href="http://rustumkozain.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Rustum Kozain</a>
    Rustum Kozain
    December 19th, 2015 @11:11 #
     
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    I think publishers need to think again about informal typeface on covers, though.

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