This year has been a stellar one in New Zealand publishing, with a crop of splendid books coming out. And there are striking covers that deserve a round of applause.
I have grouped my favourites around themes. The standout for me is how cartoonists/comic artists are creating awesome covers, and not just for comics but for novels too. My two favourite New Zealand covers are Sarah Laing's stunning illustration for Emma Martin's Two girls in a boat and the weird skewing of space in the cover image of Pip Adam's I'm working on a building. You can read about Sarah's creative process in her blogpost The making of a book cover.
Driven by text
Playing with perception
See last year's book cover tributes: