Our favourite book covers of 2017

By Hodderscape Team

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Books with tags Book Covers

We’re all familiar with the old adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ – but with these books it was love at first sight.

Of course, we don’t just stare at books all day, we do produce a number of our own – check out the covers we’ve revealed this year and follow our wonderful art department on Instagram.

Share your favourite cover in the comments!


Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel, design by Nick Shah

Tthis follows on for the grabby Sleeping Giants jacket, but takes the revolutionary step of leaving off the author’s name to create an uber cool vibe.

– Oliver, Editorial


Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng, designed by John Coulthart


In 2017 I decided to fully embrace maximalism. Extravagances upon extravagances. I don’t want one deer skeleton. I want two. I don’t want just an elven queen in an extravagant dress. I want her extravagant dress to open and reveal some fabulous gothic architecture. And then some people. Let’s also put a castle in the background. And some moths. And four angels. This cover is kaleidoscopic gorgeousness.

– Fleur, Marketing


My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, designed by Doogie Horner and illustrated by Hugh Fleming

Another wonderfully over the top cover. The cover for Grady Hendrix’s previous novel Horrorstör was designed like an IKEA catalogue, and this one pays tribute to eighties horror VHS’s. The artwork looks like The Exorcist meets The Birds meets Nosferatu meets IT, and there’s even a ‘Please Rewind’ sticker.

– Fleur, Marketing


The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, designed by DAS ILLUSTRAT

This cover does a wonderful job of looking both gorgeous and deadly – just look at the carving on that blade! *swoon*. It looks even lovelier in real life too, with glittering golden foil. This cover and a mention of dragons was all I needed to convince me to pick up a copy.

Credit: Jacket art based on an original jacket design by DAS ILLUSTRAT, Munich, Germany; photograph of female lips by Ervin Usman; lettering by Dan Smith at Bionic Graphics

– Sam, Editorial


The Night Ocean by Paul LaFarge, designed by Will Staehle, Unusual Co.

Not technically an SFF novel, this book instead uses HP Lovecraft’s real life story to tell a complex alternative literary history based on the obsessive relationship between the writer and a teenage fan. The cover is beautifully eerie and eye catching and nods to classic Lovecraft jackets. I could stare at it for hours!

– Sam, Editorial


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, designed by Noma Bar

I adore this cover for The Handmaid’s Tale in hardback. I already own a copy but as soon as I saw this one, I was overcome with the need to possess it. So simple, yet so effective, particularly the debossed lettering.

– Aimee, Marketing

Not going against the grain at all by selecting the Noma Bar edition of The Handmaid’s Tale. My relationship with that book is bound up in raggedy paperbacks with cover designs very much of the time of Atwood’s writing; something that felt right for the book in lots of ways, but this new jacket gives it a strength and urgency I’m sure lots of women would feel is appropriate for the book in today’s many political and gendered messes.

– Heather, Marketing



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