Shortlisted Books

A Couple of Things Before the End
  • Longlisted

Designed by
Peter Long
Category
Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover
Year
2021
Publisher
Black Inc.

About the Designer

Peter has been designing books for more than fifteen years, and until recently was Senior Designer at Black Inc.Books and the Art Director of The Monthly magazine. Before books he designed mostly for stage and film. He is also a filmmaker; the short film A Telephone Call for Genevieve Snow, which he wrote and directed, won the Silver Lion for the best short film at the Venice Film Festival.  …

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Design Rationale

I loved Sean O’Beirne’s stories. I wanted to find an image that had the right mix of urban desolation and looming apocalypse, but with a touch of absurdist humour in there too. It wasn’t easy. I’ve admired Trent Parke’s photography for many years and it is a delight to be able to use his image (and its dark twin on the back). The typography needed to signal that the work was contemporary and offbeat, but not look at all glossy or styled, because the people of the book live in harsh worlds not touched by design.

Details
Dimensions
135 x 210 mm
No. pages
208
Credits
Internal Design
Marilyn de Castro
Photography
Trent Parke
Typesetting
Marilyn de Castro
Printing
McPherson's Printing Group
Author
Sean O'Beirne