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The Adventures of Peter Avery
  • Longlisted

Designed by
Trisha Garner
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Real Film and Publishing

About the Designer

Trisha Garner has been a book designer for nearly two decades. She designs predominantly non-fiction and illustrated books, including cookbooks and memoirs, for a wide range of publishers from her studio in Collingwood, Melbourne. Trisha began her career as a graphic designer working in various studios before specialising in book design. She is also a sessional tutor at RMIT.

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Design Rationale

The understated cover, encased in weatherworn sailcloth, is a memento of adventures on the high seas. The significance of sailing in the life of the writer permeates the design with recurring nautical leitmotif throughout: sailor knot graphics mark each chapter; an anchor casts the last page. Bespoke binding with a collapsible spine enables the cover to roll out flat, fully revealing the author’s portrait on the inside cover. Modern sans typography, unfussy and self-assured, is a reflection on the nature of the biographer. The family tree, illustrated using found twigs and branches, was inspired by the writer’s own woodwork sculptures.

180 x 240 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Casebound collapsing spine that rolls out flat with linen bookbinding tape on inside spine Matt Laminate cover with Tafeda emboss texture Blind deboss title
Internal Design
Trisha Garner
Trisha Garner
Adams Print
Peter Avery with Romy Moshinsky