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Sorrow and Bliss
  • Finalist

Designed by
Amy Daoud
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
Fourth Estate an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia

About the Designer

Amy Daoud is a freelance book designer based in Sydney. Her publishing career began in 2011 when she joined Walker Books Australia where she spent six and a half years creating covers and internal design for children’s illustrated books, junior fiction and young adult titles. In 2016, Amy was shortlisted for the Young Designer of the Year at the Australian Book Design Awards.

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Design Rationale

Much like the title itself, this story is packed with moments of light and shade, so it was important to convey this as much as possible through the cover. While photography wasn’t a requisite in the brief, I was compelled to use this image upon finding it as it conveys the main character, Martha, so brilliantly, capturing her despair and mystery, yet is cool and contemporary enough to fit seamlessly within the book’s genre. Peach and pure yellow – not a common pairing – share the colour spotlight, nodding to the book’s wit and beautifully off-centre moments.

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt Lamination and Spot Gloss UV
Graeme Jones
McPherson's Printing Group
Meg Mason