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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone
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Designed by
Mark Campbell
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
Fourth Estate an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia

About the Designer

Mark is Head of Design at HarperCollins ANZ and ABC Books. Over the past decade he has worked in design and project management across theatre, film, television, events, advertising and animation, and been a regular guest speaker for the Small Press Network, RMIT and the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Previous roles include Business Development Manager for Dumbo Feather magazine, and Design Manager for Hardie Grant Books.

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Design Rationale

This is an Australian coming-of-age story with an unexplained mystery at its heart; 3 girls vanish, 1 comes back. I drew on my own experiences growing up on the edges of suburbia in the 1990s while working on this cover, also referencing similar stories/settings like Jasper Jones and The Virgin Suicides. The final jacket was all about the physical ‘sense memory’ of the Van Apfel sisters themselves … what you see and what you don’t see. Mysterious, sexual and oddly uncomfortable in shades of bronzed Summer skin, with loose tentacles of hair caressing embossed letters on the front and spine.

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt Lamination/Spot Gloss UV/Emboss
Kirby Jones
McPhersons Printing Group
Felicity McLean