Penguin book cover

BRIEF

Design a contemporary, creative and exciting cover for this book. Whilst this book is a deeply complex meditation on family, friendship, gender and diaspora culture, it is also very entertaining, quick witted and often very funny. The cover should make it feel very accessible and immediately ‘pickupable’ while representing the themes expressed in the narrative.

SOLUTION

The novel tells the story of three friends who all have grown up in modern English society but who have Indian parents. Amongst the many themes explored in the book, balancing and juggling these two cultures seemed to sum up the book best. I therefore designed this cover, inspired by paper dress up dolls, to reference how the characters can take off one life and put on another – like a costume.