I’ve just been on twitter and I see that several days ago the Hodder account @HodderFiction was – quite rightly – showing off its ‘irresistible new Mary Stewart editions’. Aren’t they gorgeous?
I am rather surprised that these are ‘new’: I don’t own any of these editions but I have been making eyes at them for some time on eBay and on Hodder’s Mary Stewart webpage – have these pages been using preview photos or something? [UPDATE: The four books featured in the photos will be published this Thursday (23 February 2017), according to a tweet by Melissa at Hodder. Thanks, Melissa.]
That was a fairly idle question – I’m just happy to look at the covers whether they are new or old. More pressingly, I am intrigued by the open book in the tweet photos: what is this?
Is this a book that shows all the Mary Stewart book covers that have ever been used? What is this book? How do I get my hands on a copy?? I replied to the tweet asking about this book and I’ll update this post if I receive a reply. If anyone here can answer me, please get in touch! [UPDATE: this is an in-house book of Hodder classics that is, sadly, unavailable to the public. I’m glad they have given us a glimpse of it.]
Meanwhile, what is your favourite Mary Stewart book cover? I adore the cover shown here for The Ivy Tree, and I like all of these covers (although I think it looks rather as though Charity is sporting a periwig or something on the Madam, Will You Talk? cover). Outside of these editions, I do have a fondness for the pulpy 60s paperbacks (see my Book Covers section for some examples). And, of course, if you’ve seen my last post, you will know that I delight in the cover by Herb Mott for The Spell of Mary Stewart, so much so that I’ve had a locket made of it.
Covers I’m less keen on are the ones in this series of re-issues by Hodder in 2011 (although I do like the brief bio and review quotes):
Oh and there is this horror from 1978.
The font! The orange background! And is the pouting woman supposed to be young Heather Macrae? Always makes me think of Geri Halliwell for some reason. Anyway, a dreadful cover but at least we are told the illustrator’s name: Robert Estall. I do resent on their behalf how rarely book cover illustrators are named.
Okay, now it’s your turn: please share your favourite or worst covers.