Awards Book Archive

The Night Letters
  • Longlisted

Designed by
Emily O’Neill
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
Ventura Press

About the Designer

Emily is a Sydney-based freelance book designer. She has previously worked in-house for Penguin Books and Allen & Unwin on a wide range of projects including commercial and literary fiction, children’s and illustrated lifestyle titles. She has also created designs for local and international publishers including Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury Publishing, Atlantic Books, Hachette UK and Simon and Schuster US. In between projects she has lectured in Graphics/Media at UNSW’s College of Fine Arts.

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Design Rationale

The publisher’s brief for this novel required a cover that sensitively communicates issues of love and betrayal in the cultural setting of Kabul in an attractive modern package. The star-filled night sky was the suitable backdrop to the interweaving pomegranates and canary, symbolic of both the Afghan setting and the protagonist. I worked up several concepts including the city skyline, but ultimately the mountain ranges and highly decorative middle-eastern frame gives the cover richness and context. Featuring illustration rather than photography made this cover more intimate, with strong calligraphic-style typography offsetting the femininity of the foliage.

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination with spot gloss UV
Internal Design
Emily O’Neill
Working Type
Griffin Press
Denise Leith