Can you judge a book by its cover?

Which do you like best? It’s interesting to see the difference between US and UK book covers.


1472108167.02.LZZZZZZZThe Round House by Louise Erdrich Which do you like? The colours and woodblock design of the UK cover on the right make it stand out.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, wife and mother Geraldine Coutts is brutally attacked on her North Dakota reservation. Traumatised and afraid in the aftermath, she shuts herself in her bedroom, and shuts everyone out, including her 13-year-old son Joe. While Geraldine’s husband, a tribal judge, endeavours to wrest justice from a situation that defies his keenest efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with his father’s official investigation and sets out with his best friends Cappy, Zack and Angus, to seek answers of his own


image-mediumArcadia by Lauren Groff

We prefer the UK one again which is on the left.

Both are a bit ’70s in tune with the story but the UK one packs more of a punchIn the forests of western New York state in the 1970s, several dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what becomes a famous commune on the grounds of the decaying mansion called Arcadia House.’Arcadia’ follows this utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after



Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The US version seems to use more of a traditional design of historical novels, whereas UK design is a bit different with its falcon in red – UK on the left

The sequel to ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Bring up the Bodies’ explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn

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Dear Life by Alice Munro

The US version looks better – more to it and more evocative of the story. Alice Munro captures the essence of life in this collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in ‘Dear Life’ build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be

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The Heart Broke in by James Meek – Both these have got the blood cell angle– not sure on this one!

Bec Shepherd is a malaria researcher struggling to lead a good life. Ritchie, her reprobate brother, is a rock star turned TV producer.

When Bec refuses an offer of marriage from a powerful newspaper editor and Ritchie’s indiscretions catch up with him, brother and sister are forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal

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