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Man Booker Book Covers

It’s wasn’t too long ago that I first gained awareness of the Man Booker Prize. It was first introduced to me almost two years ago when I started studying publishing in the UK. Everyone was in a huff about it. Last year the winner was Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, and two years ago the winner was Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. Both winners had beautiful covers to accompany the text. In fact, most of the books for those years had well made, if not pretty, covers.

But this year?

Not so much.

On screen, most of this year’s covers look decidedly boring and the ones that are nice really stand out from the crowd. Covers for The Testament of Mary  and The Spinning Heart are particularly sad looking. But the news isn’t all bad.

Looking at both UK and US covers, here are my favorites from this year’s Man Booker Prize Long List.

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I included six covers this week, covering 3 different books. I preferred the US covers, but I always enjoy seeing how covers change from the United Kingdom to the United States. Some, like The Luminaries, barely change at all. And others change drastically, as is the case with A Tale for the Time Being. 

You can check out past nominees and winners at The Man Booker website.


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