Cover Face Off: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Edition

As we know by now, the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize is George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo. Since I round up daily British book news, I’ve been seeing a lot of its UK cover, and I have to say — I’m not a fan.

Although I haven’t yet read it, I was rooting for Fiona Mozley’s Elmet to win, because she was a surprise entrant into the list and, mostly, because she and I went to the same Cambridge college (as did Zadie Smith, who was also longlisted). Out of curiosity, I googled (or, really, Amazon-ed) her novel for news of American publication, and again, ended up shaking my head over how much better the American cover is. Maybe I’ve just been living in the US too long and am acquiring an American aesthetic? Or maybe the US covers are objectively better? Help me figure that out, Rioters. What are your favourite covers?

4321 by Paul Auster

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History of Wolves by Emily FriedlunD

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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Elmet by Fiona Mozley

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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Autumn by Ali Smith

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