Shortlisted Books

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
  • Designers' Choice

Designed by
W.H. Chong
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book, Designers' Choice Cover of the Year
Text Publishing

About the Designer

W. H. Chong is the long-time design director at Text Publishing and designed their logo. In 2013 Chong was inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. He is a founding member of ABDA, serving as Secretary from 2014 to 2016. He has written and spoken about book design, and blogged on art and culture for Crikey and Daily Review. He is also an exhibiting artist.  …

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Design Rationale

A girl’s coming-of-age story in rural Ireland. Its spiky, fractured syntax is utterly unconventional. It begins: For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your say . . . The cover drawing attempts to embody both the title and the strangeness and intensity of the prose, and acknowledging its difficulty, while avoiding the pitfalls of the story’s tragic trajectory. The pages were designed to deliver the writing’s extreme formal qualities with classic restraint. (The book went on to win the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.)

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Matt lamination
Eimear McBride