Designing the UK Cover

Picador UK recently spoke to Art Director, Rachel Vale, about how the beautiful cover design for the UK edition of The Good People came about. 

'It was an absolute joy working on The Good People. From the very opening pages I was overwhelmed by the rural landscape and how intrinsically it echoed the beauty and fragility of the lives it surrounded. The atmosphere the book created for me was almost a physical one that stayed with me long after I finished reading.

And it was this quiet, rugged beauty that I wanted to convey in the package for The Good People: the wonder of the natural world and its stunning detail. I have long been excited by the idea of using a leaf skeleton on a book cover, and the journey of its decay coupled with the strength it retains is a perfect motif for The Good People.

We have used an uncoated paper stock and printed foil on top of it, emphasising the bareness of the leaf's surroundings.

The foil itself plays over and under the typography, as though almost adapting to the nature of the letterforms. Depending on the time of day, the natural light and how it reflects on the foil, this cover feels new almost every time you look at it.'

For more information about the UK publication of The Good People, please look here.


The Good People

 The Good People (ANZ)

The Good People (ANZ)

 The Good People (UK)

The Good People (UK)

Three years after the publication of Burial Rites, I am very pleased to announce that my second novel, The Good People, will be published in Australia and New Zealand on 27 September 2016 (Picador), and in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on 9 February 2017 (Picador). The Good People will also be released in the US in 2017, date forthcoming (Little, Brown).

Taking its inspiration from a true story, The Good People is set in County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.

NÓRA, bereft after the sudden death of her beloved husband, finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheál. Micheál cannot speak and cannot walk and Nóra is desperate to know what is wrong with him. What happened to the healthy, happy grandson she met when her daughter was still alive?

MARY arrives in the valley to help Nóra just as the whispers are spreading: the stories of unexplained misfortunes, of illnesses, and the rumours that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley.

NANCE's knowledge keeps her apart. To the new priest, she is a threat, but to the valley people she is a wanderer, a healer. Nance knows how to use the plants and berries of the woodland; she understands the magic in the old ways. And she might be able to help Micheál.

As these three women are drawn together in the hope of restoring Micheál, their world of folklore and belief, of ritual and stories, tightens around them. It will lead them down a dangerous path, and force them to question everything they have ever known.

The Good People can now be pre-ordered at all good bookshops. 

To celebrate the launch of The Good People in Australia later this month, I will be participating in events and talks in bookstores and centres around the country, which are listed here on my events page. Please check in occasionally for new listings of festival appearances, talks and other events.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in October!