Nick Hornby covers


My good friends at Helikon acquired the rights for the hungarian publishing of Nick Hornby's novels and they asked me to design a series of covers for all the major titles. Although it will take some time to get them all out on the shelves I preferred to do the whole series in one "sitting" as it gives a more coherent look.

I believe it's not an easy task to come up with acceptable covers for these titles since Nick Hornby's stories are quite difficult to summarize (just have a look at the movie adaptations' disappointing posters) usually it's about heartbreaks, coming of age anxieties and pop music, so it's more about the tone and overall feel of the novels that had to be visualized somehow.

Note: I changed back the titles to english for a better understanding
Nipple Jesus
Hornby tackles religion, politics, sex, family and financial responsibility, and art and its relationship
with the individual, the artist, and society through a “six foot two and fifteen stone” security guard
at the museum whose only skill is being big.
How To Be Good
It centers on characters Katie Carr, a doctor, and her husband, David Grant.
The story begins when David stops being "The Angriest Man In Holloway" and begins to be "good" with the help
of his spiritual healer, DJ GoodNews. The pair go about this by nominally convincing people to give their spare bedrooms to the homeless, but this proves to be fruitless and thus David gives up his strivings and his plans
for a book on how to be good, appropriately named "How to be Good."
Juliet, Naked
It tells the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of obsessed music fan Duncan, and the object of his obsession, fictional singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe. The plot revolves around the release of Juliet, Naked,
the first new Tucker Crowe release in over two decades.

High Fidelity
Rob Fleming is a London record shop owner in his mid-thirties whose girlfriend, Laura, has just left him.
At his record shop, called Championship Vinyl, Rob and his employees, Dick and Barry, spend their free
moments discussing mix-tape aesthetics and constructing desert-island, "top-five" lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of music.
The book's main theme is teenage pregnancy and it is written from the perspective of Sam,
a troubled 16-year-old skateboarder.
The first layouts were pretty close to the final versions - I only changed the Julet, Naked cover to have a central composition in the series
Nick Hornby covers

Nick Hornby covers

Covers for all five Nick Hornby novels

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