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Richard Powers, Jean Giono and more get beautiful new covers for the Vintage Earth series.

Jonny Diamond

April 20, 2022, 11:21am

I am a sucker for reissues, mainly for the opportunity to ooh and aah over beautiful new covers. So I am happy to report that—according to The Bookseller—Vintage UK is putting out a great eco-themed series this July, featuring eight titles, each one a “a work of creative activism, a blast of fresh air, a seed from which change can grow.” 

In describing the “Vintage Earth” series, senior editor Charlotte Knight said: “I am excited to see the range of books in this series brought together by the most important issue of our day. Old and new, from around the world and across genres, each of these novels has something powerful to say about the natural world. My hope is that every reader finds a story here that speaks to them.”

I love the design swings in this series, which somehow finds continuity between crisp minimalism and lush, maximalist detail, achieving a subtle stylistic unity through palette. (Here are the actual books, by the way. I love that Overstory cover.)

The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey
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Solar by Ian McEwan
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The Overstory by Richard Powers
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The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
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The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi
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The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James

The Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijan
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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

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