After I wrote yesterday’s post about the importance of the cover when I’m buying books, I thought I’d share some of my favourite covers from the tbr shelves. I didn’t necessarily buy these books because of the cover art – if I want to read a book, I will, no matter what the cover looks like. But, I don’t deny that a beautiful cover design might tempt me to buy a duplicate copy of a book I already own or buy a book that hadn’t really appealed to me until a new edition is published.
So, here you can see Nature’s Engraver by Jenny Uglow (Faber), Florence Nightingale by Mark Bostridge (Penguin) & Thou Art The Man by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Valancourt Books).
Cousin Phillis & other stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Masterpiece by Emile Zola & Redgauntlet by Sir Walter Scott (all OUP).
Original Letters from India by Eliza Fay & Mary Olivier : a Life by May Sinclair (both New York Review Books).
You Never Know : an autobiography by Claire Lorrimer (Pen Press Publishers), Ashenden by Somerset Maugham (Vintage Classics) & A Girl In Winter by Philip Larkin (Faber).
Village Affairs & News From Thrush Green by Miss Read (both Houghton Mifflin US).
The Complete Short Stories by Saki (Penguin), A Time in Rome by Elizabeth Bowen (Vintage Classics) & Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman (Penguin).
The Pre-Raphaelites at Home by Pamela Todd (Watson Guptill) & The Scots Kitchen by F Marian McNeill (Birlinn).
An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer (Sourcebooks), Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (Chicago Review Press) & Mary, Queen of Scots : Truth or Lies by Rosalind K Marshall (Saint Andrew Press).
A mixture of small & large publishers, fiction & non-fiction, hardbacks & paperbacks. But, I think they’re all lovely & I only wish I had time to read all of them right now. Then again, that’s what tbr shelves are for!