Saturday, 11 August 2007


A promotional idea that was started by Marcus Gipps (sometime commenter in this parish and the accidental source of our catchphrase 'it's not a graphic novel, percy') of Blackwell's bookstore in London. I'm not sure how it's working out, or if he managed to get it off the ground, but I want to show my effort here while the thing is still timely. It's all about the penguin blank covers:
My Penguin -Books by the Greats, Covers by you
Design your own front cover... On 30 November (2006), we're publishing six of our favourite books with naked front covers; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Emma by Jane Austen, Magic Tales by Brothers Grimm, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Waves by Virginia Woolf.
What’s on your cover? Buy the book, design a front cover and then send your masterpiece via email to We'll be showcasing a selection of your designs. Visit my Penguin to view the gallery so far!

Having checked those links just now, I see that they already have a second set of covers out. oh, well no matter. I picked the two most unlikely covers and decided to show Marcus Aurelius and Jane Austen's Emma having a conversation with each other. Finding matching quotes was something of a literary sleight of hand, but here's how it worked out. Click to zoom..

The complete text of each work is behind those two covers. I found the paper surface quite pleasing to work on. here's a close-up:



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's rather clever. Did you do those this morning?

11 August 2007 at 01:30:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Very nice and clever, Eddie.

11 August 2007 at 03:22:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

Gipps if in Wales (probably in the sun and probably on a sailboat that's probably going to break any minute now) so ah dinnae ken if he's got the internet.

16 August 2007 at 03:59:00 GMT-5  

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