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Bookshop visit: Robinsons, August 2018

So, catching up on some bookshop visits that I haven’t talked about yet… I’ve been adventuring around Croatia for five weeks, which you won’t have noticed thanks to the magic of scheduled posts. But now that I’m back, I’ve remembered that I did do a couple of bookshop visits before I went away and, as usual, there’s some lovely design going around out there.

This visit was to Robinsons Bookshop at the Emporium. It’s a pretty nice store, especially for a mall - malls are lacking a bit in bookshops these days. They have a good selection and all the big dark bookshelves give it a nice vibe.

So, what did I look at?

1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. I really like this book and this is a lovely edition of it, by 4th Estate. The design is by Heike Schüssler, who has some great designs on her site - check them out! The heft of the hardback and the simplicity of the cover design, with those gold foil highlights makes this a special addition to your shelf if this book is a favourite book of yours.

2. Boy Swallows Universe, by Trent Dalton. I’ve seen this book around a lot and the bold magenta and warm red combo always grabs my attention. And those little circular cut-outs? Intriguing! Designed by Darren Holt, who I can’t seem to find on the web anywhere.

3. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick. An oldie, but a goodie. Well, the story that is. This snazzy edition came out in late 2017 and, kudos to designer Kishan Rajani, the constructivist vibe is just right for the subject matter.

4. Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch. I’ve had this on my to-read list for while, but haven’t gotten to it yet. But I think that’s probably a good thing, because this is a pretty cool new cover.

5. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. This Everyman’s Library edition would be pretty  nice to spruce up the modern classics section of your bookshelf, wouldn’t it? Apparently the photo is actually of Huxley. Design by Barbara de Wilde and Emily Mahon.

6. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. There seems to be no end to the awesome editions of this book being released constantly thanks to everyone being interested in something once it becomes a popular T.V. show. I like the trippy optical effect of the vertical lines.

7. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. I love the typographic treatment of this cover. It’s so simple, and yet just right. In case you’re not familiar with Marcus Aurelius, he was a Roman emperor who dabbled in philosophy so this type treatment suits him to a tee.

There’s some gorgeous designs in that bunch… I’m feeling very tempted...