Spot the Difference

Look at this beautiful cover for the new UK paperback edition of Consequences of the Heart by Peter Cunningham. There’s something strangely familiar about it . . .

'Consequences of the Heart' by Peter Cunningham
'Consequences of the Heart' by Peter Cunningham, UK paperback, released in May, 2011

But it’s just one of those odd coincidences of publishing, that two book designers on opposite sides of the world would decide to use the same obscure 1930s photograph. It seems to happen fairly often. The Peter Cunningham book comes out next month, and sounds really interesting.

I must admit, though, that I prefer The FitzOsbornes in Exile cover, because it cuts out the dorky guy with the moustache, crouching on the floor. Also, that poor girl looks most uncomfortable, perched on the end of that sofa. In ‘my’ cover, she simply looked enigmatic.

Thank you to Daisy, whose comment at The Story Siren initially prompted me to investigate this. And by ‘investigate’, I mean, ‘spend sixty seconds on Google’. Or possibly slightly more than sixty seconds. How distracting is that adorable Earth Day Google Doodle, with the ticklish pandas and the koala climbing the tree and the bear eating the salmon? Very, very distracting!

In other news, The FitzOsbornes in Exile has received a starred review from Kirkus. Vicky Smith from Kirkus then asked me some thoughtful questions about the book and I did my best to answer them. The Australian edition has also been shortlisted for the 2011 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature and was named a Notable Book for Older Readers in the 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. Congratulations to all the Australian authors whose books were shortlisted or named as notable books in these awards! You’re all awesome!

I promise my next blog post will not mention the words ‘FitzOsbornes’ or ‘Exile’.

2 thoughts on “Spot the Difference”

  1. Oh, Michelle, the same thing happened to me with My Candlelight Novel … mine was on the cover of an Irish book that was in much evidence over here, mainly in airports and chain stores, so selling more than mine, obviously. One feels quite possessive (‘What is MY Sophie doing on the cover of another book?’).
    And congratulations on the FitzOsbornes on all counts!

    1. The cover thing is very odd, isn’t it? Like meeting someone who’s wearing identical clothes to you, even though the person is completely different in every other way.

      You know, when I first saw the cover of My Candlelight Novel, I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not – too much red, perhaps – but then I read the book, and it was so thoughtful and passionate, and the cover turned out to be EXACTLY RIGHT for that character. So, how dare some Irish book steal that cover?!

      Big congratulations to you and About a Girl, too!

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