2014 Shortlist – Best Cover – Peter McLeavey

HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover 2014


Peter McLeavey coverDesigner Alan Deare (AREA Design)
Title Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer by Jill Trevelyan
Publisher Te Papa Press
Format 230 x 170mm, 504pp, flexibound with jacket
Judges’ Comments They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the cover makes it very hard to walk past this one. A single image of a young Peter McLeavey, set against a black backdrop, with orange type, the cover of this biography manages to be visually arresting and utterly delightful at the same time. This is partly due to the subject – the photo captures something of the intensity and ingenuousness of McLeavey's personality – but the decision to use this photo above all others is a stroke of inspiration that makes for outstanding design.

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