Well, I've gone and done it again. Bought a book for its cover. As you can see, this dust jacket isn't in brilliant condition. But the cover design, and the novel itself, are just that ... . Brilliant!
This was Samuel Selvon's third novel, published in 1956. And the one for which he is most remembered. It's gone through many editions, with very varied covers - and indeed titles, as you can see.
The initial design is, for me, the most memorable. Which is why I am particularly disappointed that I haven't been able to find out who designed it. Even that guru of Selvon scholars Bill Schwarz doesn't know.
But there's nothing like a challenge. if you know anything about the artist, or the design, do let me know.
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