One of the great children’s authors of our time, Diana Wynne Jones, passed away last year. She was one of those astonishingly prolific writers whose nevertheless manages to create fresh plots and compelling characters with each new book. I just found these editions of some of her books designed by Nina Tara and now I’m in love with her all over again:
I’m a sucker for a dramatic book cover. I don’t often indulge myself — spending an extra $10 on one book means buying four fewer books at a library sale — but someday when science has cured our need to eat (no more grocery bills) and we all have free houses made out of holograms or whatever (no more mortgage), I will swap out every battered old book in my library for a lovely well-designed version. And I might start with these.