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Designed by
Sandy Cull
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
Allen & Unwin

About the Designer

Sandy has been designing books for more than 20 years. In 2004 and 2005, she won the Best Designed Book of the Year at the Book Design Awards. In 2011 she was the 7th person to be inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. Sandy was a founding ABDA committee member, has been a guest speaker at writers’ festivals and an occasional guest lecturer on book design at secondary and tertiary level. She’s still planning to blow the…

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Design Rationale

Such a title didn’t conjure classic springtime joy. I presented Torkils dark, haunting silhouettes in the first round as an entity on their own. The publisher edited my selection from 8 to 4 and met the budget. The editor and I worked painstakingly on the typesetting to perfect the fall of the tip-ins and to avoid widows, orphans and rivers on such narrow pages. I requested an uncoated text stock, designed that one verdant drop cap and the editor suggested colouring the reverse of the tip-ins to avoid any bright whites jarring the homogenous flow.

175 x 110 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
HB with jacket: Jacket has matt machine varnish silvery gold foil
Internal Design
Sandy Cull
Sandy Cull
Michelle De Krester