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Designed by
Hazel Lam, Darren Holt
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
HarperCollins Publishers

About the Designer

Hazel is a senior book designer at HarperCollins ANZ, where she entered the publishing industry in 2013. Her experience spreads across fiction, non-fiction, illustrated books, children’s illustrated books and YA. In her previous life she has worked in motion graphics, broadcast design, magazine publishing and advertising for various clients in both Sydney and London. She loves to obsessively illustrate patterns, eat delicious foods and tell cheese jokes to anyone who will listen.

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Design Rationale

This novel is part contemporary, part historical and part time-slip so we wanted to create a design that felt like it could be all those things without giving anything away. The image has a beautiful sense of movement and mystery in a genre than can feel very formulaic. I wanted to create a commercial women’s fiction jacket that had the strong presence of the protagonist without the full/half/part face that is so expected nowadays. The title and flourishes I hand embroided and embossed to give tactile quality to the package.

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt Lamination, Spot UV and Emboss
Internal Design
Hazel Lam and Darren Holt
HarperCollins Design Studio
Fiona McIntosh