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Every year six DB Fellows each bind one of the six titles shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Designed and completed in 4-5 weeks, these bindings are presented to the authors on the night of the Man Booker award ceremony.

  • by Robin Robertson

    bound by Glenn Bartley

    205 x 163 x 35 mm

    Full scarf jointed black and grey Harmatan goatskin; black and grey goatskin doublures with terracotta suede flyleaves; onlays of terracotta and black goatskin; title letters of vellum with printed paper beneath; palladium lettering/tooling; airbrushed black acrylic edges.

    Black buckram drop back box with grey felt linings; terracotta goatskin label tooled in palladium recessed into spine.
    by Robin Robertson

    bound by Glenn Bartley

    205 x 163 x 35 mm

    Full scarf jointed black and grey Harmatan goatskin; black and grey goatskin doublures with terracotta suede flyleaves; onlays of terracotta and black goatskin; title letters of vellum with printed paper beneath; palladium lettering/tooling; airbrushed black acrylic edges.

    Black buckram drop back box with grey felt linings; terracotta goatskin label tooled in palladium recessed into spine.
    by Robin Robertson

    bound by Glenn Bartley

    205 x 163 x 35 mm

    Full scarf jointed black and grey Harmatan goatskin; black and grey goatskin doublures with terracotta suede flyleaves; onlays of terracotta and black goatskin; title letters of vellum with printed paper beneath; palladium lettering/tooling; airbrushed black acrylic edges.

    Black buckram drop back box with grey felt linings; terracotta goatskin label tooled in palladium recessed into spine.
  • by Richard Powers

    bound by Lester Capon

    240 x 185 x 50mm

    Full blue Oasis goatskin. Inlaid leather lines with multi coloured inlays. Gold and blind tooling. Finnish light blue suede doublures, silk double headbands and gouache edges.

    The novel consists of interconnected stories in four different sections – Roots; Trunk; Seeds; Crown. The various narratives are linked by the presence and the influence of trees. The characters relate to trees as an important part of their lives and the life of the planet. We find the trees communicating with each other over the years. The book deals with this not in a hippy hugging way, but with scientific backing that has been written about recently in natural science studies. The author conveys the lives of generations within families in a convincing way and with great brevity.

    I’ve given the trees much more gold than they are probably used to! The design shows trees interlocking at branch and root level in keeping with the text.
    by Richard Powers

    bound by Lester Capon

    240 x 185 x 50mm

    Full blue Oasis goatskin. Inlaid leather lines with multi coloured inlays. Gold and blind tooling. Finnish light blue suede doublures, silk double headbands and gouache edges.

    The novel consists of interconnected stories in four different sections – Roots; Trunk; Seeds; Crown. The various narratives are linked by the presence and the influence of trees. The characters relate to trees as an important part of their lives and the life of the planet. We find the trees communicating with each other over the years. The book deals with this not in a hippy hugging way, but with scientific backing that has been written about recently in natural science studies. The author conveys the lives of generations within families in a convincing way and with great brevity.

    I’ve given the trees much more gold than they are probably used to! The design shows trees interlocking at branch and root level in keeping with the text.
    by Richard Powers

    bound by Lester Capon

    240 x 185 x 50mm

    Full blue Oasis goatskin. Inlaid leather lines with multi coloured inlays. Gold and blind tooling. Finnish light blue suede doublures, silk double headbands and gouache edges.

    The novel consists of interconnected stories in four different sections – Roots; Trunk; Seeds; Crown. The various narratives are linked by the presence and the influence of trees. The characters relate to trees as an important part of their lives and the life of the planet. We find the trees communicating with each other over the years. The book deals with this not in a hippy hugging way, but with scientific backing that has been written about recently in natural science studies. The author conveys the lives of generations within families in a convincing way and with great brevity.

    I’ve given the trees much more gold than they are probably used to! The design shows trees interlocking at branch and root level in keeping with the text.
  • by Anna Burns (winning author)

    bound by Paul Delrue

    My binding, delivered as sheets and sewn on 5 Irish linen tapes. Interesting art end papers toning in with the green goatskin by Harmatan, Tudor style. Black onlay on the front cover of a lady walking with a book in her hand along her regular walk in Ireland, always keeping an eye on the snooping Milkman. The decoration is tooled in black, which symbolizes the walking road. The title again is in black hand letters, with 'Milkman' along the spine on a biscuit colour label. It is housed in an attractive green buckram box, with suede lining, and again the title along the spine in black, and also on the front board. I really have enjoyed binding it, it is an interesting and beautiful book.
    by Anna Burns (winning author)

    bound by Paul Delrue

    My binding, delivered as sheets and sewn on 5 Irish linen tapes. Interesting art end papers toning in with the green goatskin by Harmatan, Tudor style. Black onlay on the front cover of a lady walking with a book in her hand along her regular walk in Ireland, always keeping an eye on the snooping Milkman. The decoration is tooled in black, which symbolizes the walking road. The title again is in black hand letters, with 'Milkman' along the spine on a biscuit colour label. It is housed in an attractive green buckram box, with suede lining, and again the title along the spine in black, and also on the front board. I really have enjoyed binding it, it is an interesting and beautiful book.
  • The 2018 Man Booker Bindings
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  • by Daisy Johnson

    bound by Sue Doggett

    224 x 150 x 33mm

    Under, above and through – water, time, emotional ties, truth and fiction. The main themes of the book that I was drawn to were transition and fluidity. Relationships are constantly in flux; who is who? Who parents who? Time shifts constantly; is it now or then? Is this a recollection or an imagined incident? Are we even witnessing real events? The creature, a presence which stalks the psychological landscape of the characters is a chimera, shape shifting between liquid, land and memory. Through all of the vertiginous dislocation, there is a stability which comes, conversely, from the presence of water - under, above and through.

    Three-part leather binding with suede and leather onlays. Machine and hand embroidery on hand-dyed and painted cover and endpapers. The biological shapes refer to water, foliage, stones and cells. They have animal and human inferences which are both interior and exterior to the body and to the natural world.
    by Daisy Johnson

    bound by Sue Doggett

    224 x 150 x 33mm

    Under, above and through – water, time, emotional ties, truth and fiction. The main themes of the book that I was drawn to were transition and fluidity. Relationships are constantly in flux; who is who? Who parents who? Time shifts constantly; is it now or then? Is this a recollection or an imagined incident? Are we even witnessing real events? The creature, a presence which stalks the psychological landscape of the characters is a chimera, shape shifting between liquid, land and memory. Through all of the vertiginous dislocation, there is a stability which comes, conversely, from the presence of water - under, above and through.

    Three-part leather binding with suede and leather onlays. Machine and hand embroidery on hand-dyed and painted cover and endpapers. The biological shapes refer to water, foliage, stones and cells. They have animal and human inferences which are both interior and exterior to the body and to the natural world.
  • by Rachel Kushner

    bound by Kate Holland

    Full alum-tawed goatskin with reverse offset printing, vellum overlay, holographic tooling. Doublures of handmade paper with printing and vellum overlay. Endpapers printed and inked with manuscript writing.
    by Rachel Kushner

    bound by Kate Holland

    Full alum-tawed goatskin with reverse offset printing, vellum overlay, holographic tooling. Doublures of handmade paper with printing and vellum overlay. Endpapers printed and inked with manuscript writing.
    by Rachel Kushner

    bound by Kate Holland

    Full alum-tawed goatskin with reverse offset printing, vellum overlay, holographic tooling. Doublures of handmade paper with printing and vellum overlay. Endpapers printed and inked with manuscript writing.
  • by Esi Edugyan

    bound by Dominic Riley

    Sewn on four tapes laced into laminated cushioned boards. Painted edges and silk sewn headbands. Leather joint and paper flyleaves and endpapers. Covered in light blue goatskin, inlays of brown leather. Gold tooled and impressed shapes on cover. Protective box with title in blind on leather label.

    This is a fantastical novel full of high adventure and high stakes journeys. The action takes us from Barbados to Norfolk, Virginia, up to the Arctic wastes, down to Nova Scotia, over to London, down to Morocco and up again to Amsterdam. The wide oceans figure largely in the novel and I have reflected these journeys in my design: simplified outlines of the continents are embellished with dotted lines of the paths our heroes follow across the high seas.
    by Esi Edugyan

    bound by Dominic Riley

    Sewn on four tapes laced into laminated cushioned boards. Painted edges and silk sewn headbands. Leather joint and paper flyleaves and endpapers. Covered in light blue goatskin, inlays of brown leather. Gold tooled and impressed shapes on cover. Protective box with title in blind on leather label.

    This is a fantastical novel full of high adventure and high stakes journeys. The action takes us from Barbados to Norfolk, Virginia, up to the Arctic wastes, down to Nova Scotia, over to London, down to Morocco and up again to Amsterdam. The wide oceans figure largely in the novel and I have reflected these journeys in my design: simplified outlines of the continents are embellished with dotted lines of the paths our heroes follow across the high seas.
 

 

In the short period between shortlist announcement and the award ceremony, the binders must read, design and produce a hand bound fine binding, together with a protective container, for presentation to each of the authors. A process which might normally take three to four months or more has to be telescoped into as many weeks, but it is this which makes the commission such an interesting one for those taking part.

There are at least twenty-five stages in the hand binding of a book - from the decoration of the edges of the pages to the final lettering - and the binder will have spent about one hundred and fifty hours on the work by the time of completion. For those involved in this collaboration, the work is most rewarding; an opportunity to read and interpret some of the finest novels of our time, and, of course, it is hoped that the authors will derive as much pleasure from being presented with the finished results.

 

   
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