Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Another cover

In response to the comment in the previous post, I have delved into my bookshelves and found my copy of "The Wind from Nowehre" by J G Ballard, and as I expected, the cover illustration is by Alan Aldridge. The book was published in 1967, and it's a picture that screams that decade. These were the days when London's Post Office Tower was still open to visitors and the revolving restaurant at the top still operational. London, Paris and New York are all graphically represented here, with the boiling sea reminiscent of the 19th centuiry woodcut "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by the Japanese artist Hokusai. Since I first saw this book cover I've loved the image, and it was partly why I bought the book in the first place.

1 comment:

  1. The monthly appearance of new Penguins at the university bookstore, with their eye-catching, brilliantly-coloured wrappers, is a feature of mid-60's life that I still remember with pleasure. I bought a great many of them at the time, often seduced wholly by the cover design. Most of these, for reasons of economy, remained in the UK and are long gone but still regreted.