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The Vale Girl
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Sandy Cull
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
Pan Macmillan Australia

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

When you read a manuscript you hopefully come to feel as though you know the protagonists quite well. You form an idea of how they look, what they wear, how they might smile, and you can almost see that look in their eyes. When I came across this extraordinary portrait by Israeli-born photographer, Benjo Arwas, I felt he may have read the manuscript too for certainly, here was our Sarah Vale, in all her innocence and vulnerability, with that sprinkling of freckles, watching us with those deep, all-knowing eyes.

155 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt laminate and spot gloss UV
Internal Design
Sandy Cull
Nelika McDonald