Indie publisher Canongate’s top 10 book covers of 2017

See beautiful cover art from Canongate’s own art director Rafi Romaya, Peter Adlington, Christopher Gale for stories by Michel Faber and others.


Independent publishing house Canongate’s art department releases its favourite book covers every year from their own collection via Twitter. It might seem a little insular, but Canongate, based in Edinburgh and London, has a wealth of beautiful cover art to choose from, so it’s definitely worth celebrating.

Posting from the art department Twitter account, they said, "Screw Brexit, screw Trump, screw the far right and the Tories. Massive shout out to kittens, puppies, freedom of speech, Tracker bars, Keith Chegwin and book design."

Here we’ve collected 10 for you to scrutinise, including Canongate Book’s own art director Rafi Romaya’s sweeping up a lot of the top designs and Christopher Gale’s design for Wake Me Up When I’m Gone by Adafe Atogun as well as senior designer Peter Adlington.

The beautiful book designs range from colourful vector shapes to brooding skylines – so take a look.

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

Design: Christopher Gale

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Design: Rafi Romaya


How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Design: Peter Adlington

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Wake Me Up When I’m Gone by Adafe Atogun

Design: Christopher Gale


Salt Fat Acid Heath by Samin Nosrat

Design: Rafi Romaya


That Was a Shiver by James Kelmen

Design: Peter Adlington

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Richard Brautigan Series

Design: Rafi Romaya


Bloody January by Alan Parks

Design: Christopher Gale


The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins

Design: Peter Adlington

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Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Illustration: YehrinTong

Design: Rafi Romaya