So it's the second week of January, and one of my New Year's resolutions has bitten the dust big time. 'Spend less on books', was the goal. Today there were three books on the mat awaiting my return from work. And this was the pearl among them - another novel bought, oh dear, for the cover design.
This is the dust jacket of the first edition of David Storey's second novel - Flight into Camden, published in 1960. There's no credit for the designer. I am curious to find out whose work this is. It captures something of the anomie of the novel - or certainly those sections set in London (it's about a Yorkshire miner's daughter who takes up with a married lecturer, and they head to an anonymous flat near Inverness Street in Camden), which have a sense of the rootlessness of those who move to London as a sort of sanctuary.
October 2013: Tim Jaques has been in touch to say that he designed this dust jacket. 'I still have my copy of Flight into Camden!', Tim writes. 'Having come out of the army, I was introduced to Longmans by a childhood friend, Tim Rix, who ended up running the whole thing and sadly died the other day. Consequently, I was eventually given the job by Mark Longman of overseeing all the design work including a new symbol while still working as a freelance on my own. Thanks for the interest and praise!' And thank you Tim, for getting in touch and for producing such a memorable design.
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