• There's something odd about the proverbial 'don't judge a book by its cover'. The saying implies that book covers were once a byword for rubbish design, and consistently misrepresented the content or quality of the book inside. Or perhaps the saying dates from the days before design, and means don't expect every story to be leathery and monochrome. I don't know. What I do know is that writers have difficult relationships with their covers. Partly this is because the covers are using a visual language in which the writer may not be literate - I may have written a paragraph about an important tree, but on the cover it's just a tree. It is brown. What is a potential

    Jul 11,