Daily Bookshot: A Serene Cover From Telegram

Take a look at the catalogue of Telegram Books (I’m sure you’ll know them already but if not they’re a small yet vibrant indy publisher based in London), and you’ll notice something very quickly – they work really hard at making their covers stand out.

Now that instantly makes me sound as though I’m suggesting that all of the other publishers couldn’t give a fig about their covers, but you know I don’t mean that. I love loads of covers from loads of publishers, but there’s just something consistently groovy about almost *every* Telegram cover in their catalogue.

The cover above is probably one of my favourites from Telegram. No prizes for noticing that it’s the cover for The Bird by Oh Jung-Hee, but one thing you won’t know (unless you’ve come across it before), is that the main graphic is from a painting called ‘Sky Painting’ by the hugely talented artist Margaux Williamson.

I don’t think the artwork was specially commissioned for this cover (I may be wrong about that), but aside from exuding a real sense of calmness and serenity, it fits the novel so incredibly well. Here’s a portion of the synopsis:

U-il thinks he can fly, like his favourite cartoon character, Toto the Astroboy. His older sister, eleven-year-old U-mi, is doing her best to look after him since their mother died and their father deserted them.

Fit the notion that U-il thinks he can fly, and one can see just how incredibly befitting the cover is. Ok, so now you’re going to tell me that a million things could have signified the ‘flying thing’. I agree, but this one seems to signify it so beautifully.

Sadly The Bird is somewhat buried in my reading pile, so I won’t be reviewing it for a while to come (it’s going to be sometime around midsummer), but if the story is as good as the cover, then I know I’m in for a real treat.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. I think the problem with a lot of major publishers’ books is that often the covers have little to do with the story itself. And are stock images, so a million other books have the same cover as well. I’m all for supporting originality in covers – looks like I’ll be reading through the Telegram catalogue. And that is, indeed, a very cool image.

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Glad you like the cover Biblibio. And I completely agree with you on the problem with publishers using covers which don’t match a novel’s story. The should all have at least some relevance.