2013 Archive Shortlist Best Cover

HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover

Shortlist 2013

rbuk-NGL2UAuRoogcT_YfSKgKPHry_HQa4wRfuwdGysDesigner Scott Crickett
Title The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature by Jane Stafford and
Mark Williams (eds)

Publisher Auckland University Press
Format 238 x 176mm, 1184pp, jacketed hardback, section sewn, uncoated jacket with matt varnish, printed five-colour, head and tail bands, two ribbons
Judges' Comments Here’s an unusual concept: a cover made up of other covers. The title here is framed by strips taken from esteemed New Zealand books, including Coal Flat, The Rehearsal, The 10pm Question and Wulf . You can spend a long time exploring the subtleties of Scott Crickett’s design. Stare hard at the bottom left and you’ll see a Māori canoe that comes originally from a watercolour by Charles Heaphy, and above the canoe is a hilly West Coast landscape drawn by Colin McCahon.
AUP-at-the-white-coastDesigner Keely O’Shannessy
Title At the White Coast by
Janet Charman

Publisher Auckland University Press
Format 165 x 230mm, 88pp, paperback
Judges' Comments The cover design here is subtle, restrained and atmospheric. The coastal landscape chosen could be from New Zealand but might be anywhere in the world, which is appropriate for Janet Charman’s globe-roaming poems.
hardcover frontDesigner Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
Title Melu by Kyle Mewburn,
illustrated by Ali Teo and
John O’Reilly

Publisher Scholastic
Format 265 x 215mm, 32pp, hardback with printed laminated case, matt lamination with spot UV
Judges' Comments Simple, strong and compelling. A wonderful composition that draws you in. It’s great to see simplicity and elegance in a children’s book.
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Designer Cameron Gibb
Title Essential Maths and Stats for Higher Education by David Barton and David Cox
Publisher Pearson
Format 276 x 219mm, 654pp, gatefold paperback, embossed cover, matt lamination with
spot UV

Judges' comment We are not sure how many educational books have made the shortlist for best cover in past years, but this one deserves to be here. A balanced and uncomplicated layout with an economy of elements, this comes together as an enticing cover.

TER_JKT_MV1.inddDesigner Dean Poole / Shabnam Shiwan (Alt Group)
Title The Engine Room Eatery
by Natalia Schamroth and
Carl Koppenhagen, photography
by Kieran Scott

Publisher Random House
Format 195 x 255mm, 560pp, jacketed hardback, section sewn, head and tail bands, ribbon
Judges' Comments Chefs refer to their kitchen as 'the engine room' and the eatery celebrated in this book is located at 115 Queen Street, Northcote Point, hence the quirky title. It cleverly sets a silver circle, redolent of precise engineering, against a blackboard chalked in a confident hand with a delicious choice of main courses.

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